R Balki started his career with
Mudra at the age of 23. His passion had always been film making; after college,
he even applied to the Madras Film Institute to do a course in direction.
However, he did not like the panel that interviewed him, so he walked out.
After this, he got into the Masters in Computer Application (MCA) course in a
college directly opposite the film institute. He has experience of over 25
years in communication.
Balki has been responsible for
the creation of some iconic ad campaigns for Unilever, Idea Cellular, Tata Tea,
ICICI Prudential, Axis Bank, Tanishq, Fastrack, Britannia, Havells, Micromax,
Saint Gobain, Maruti, Hero Motocorp, Bajaj Auto and many other clients of Lowe
Balki's ideas have included
"Daag Achche Hain" for 'Surf Excel', "Jaago re" ads for
'Tata Tea' and the "walk when you talk" Idea Cellular advertising
campaign. He has written and directed Cheeni Kum (2007), which
starred Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu. His second feature film was
the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Paa, (produced
by Sunil Manchanda released on 4 December 2009, starring Amitabh, his
son Abhishek Bachchan, and Vidya Balan. Shamitabh is his third
Bollywood venture starring Amitabh Bachchan, Kollywood actor Dhanush and Akshara
Haasan, making her debut in the film. The film released on 6 February 2015. His
recent directed movie "Ki and Ka" released on 1 April 2016
starring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.