Notable Personalities Of Lucknow

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Suresh Raina, Cricketer

Indian cricketer, Suresh Kumar Raina, who is from the state of Uttar Pradesh from Ghaziabad was born in 1986, 27th November. Since his ancestors are from a place called Rainawari location Jammu & Kashmir, his title is Raina. In the domestic circuit, raina has been playing for Uttar Pradesh and made his international one day debut for Indian team in 2008 July, and played a test match officially from July 2010, although the name was listed in the test squad since 2006. In the domestic circuit, he is playing in the duleep trophy from central zone and from Uttar Pradesh in Ranji matches. Though he is a run getting batsmen playing left handed, he is also a left arm spinner occasionally.



Mohd Kaif, Cricketer

Mohammad Kaif, born in the year 1980, on December 1st, is a lanky but agile Indian cricketer, who went to play for india team because he performed well in the Under-19 team, which is also had captained in 2000 and won the world cup of U-19 teams. He has got the temperament to become aggressive as well as can put up a defense, which is seen from the differences in the strike rates he has in the different formats. As a fielder, Kaif has been one of the best, preventing runs in the cover region along with yuvraj, as is the present duo of Raina and Kohli. He is a member of IPL playing team as well as Duronto Rajshahi bought him to play in Bangladesh Premier League for about 350,000 dollars



Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India

Born on 1924 on 25th December, Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a statesman belonging to india and has served thrice as the prime minister, first for a short period of 13 days in the year 1996, second time for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999 while a full 5 year term was served starting from 19th March 1998 till 19th May 2004. He has been a parliamentarian for more than 40 years now, and he has been elected 9 times into the lok sabha, which is a record and to the rajya sabha only twice. As a member of parliament,he was active till 2009, after which he took retirement from entering into politics and wanted to rest. During his political tenure, he was the prominent leader in the Nationalist bharatiya janata party and was considered to be the BJP party’s liberal face.


Roshan Abbas, Director

An alumnus of college of La Martiniere in Lucknow, Roshan started off as a host in radio and as a game show host, and also headed an events management company. He also studied with a BA hons in the graduation degree from Hindu college under University of Delhi in 1992. In 1996, he started a company called Encompass which was a creative event agency, and gradually grew in stature with experience to now having been aligned with JWT network. He has to his credits, a number of works on engagements, activation campaigns, and brand launches for variety of companies such as Nokia, Hewlett-Packard, Colgate Palmolive, Godrej, Pepsi & HSBC. During his days while working as a RJ, he had put in 3000 hours of programming in the radio, which led him to win about 4 awards, in the awards for Radio and Television Artiste in india. He has had success in television show programs such as Born Lucky, Family fortunes, This is Your Life and got the Annual TV award in 2001 for the Best Telvision Show Host. He has also served as a jury member for promo awards in 2008 in Cannes Lions. Direction on a film started in 2009, which was based on a play adaptation known as Graffiti which was about high school, which in 1999 he himself had written, along with Ranjit Raina as the cowriter. This school play and the movie would be revolving around school life in delhi and will be shot in Delhi, lucknow and Mumbai.


Javed Akhtar, Film Story and Screenplay Writer, Poet, Lyricist

Famous as a lyricist, poet, and a scriptwriter, Javed Akhtar was born in 1945 on 17th January. He is also a writer about non main stream topics and many of his writings were produced in 1970s and 80s in the combination duo of salim-javed. Javed akhtar continues to be a prominent personality in bollywood and is a sought after lyricist in today’s times.br>

After his birth in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, his name was jadoo Akhtar and he was born to Jan Nisar Akhtar, who was also a song writer as well as a poet in urdu in Bollywood and to Safia Akhtar, who herself was a writer as well as a teacher. His name Jadoo was derived from a line of his father’s poetry “lamba lamba kisi jadoo ka fasana hoga”. He later on changed the name officially to Javed because it was the closest name to Jadoo. There are other members of his family who are also well established poets such as his maternal uncle Majaz an urdu poet, Muztar Khairabadi who was his grandfather, Maulana Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi who was a religious scholar, philosopher and a poet in the 19th century. Salman Akhtar, his younger brother is based in united states and practices as a psychoanalyst.


Shahnaz Hussain, Beauty Specialist

Shahnaz Hussain who is Shahnaz Herbals Inc CEO and founder, is one of the well known female entrepreneur of india, famous for the wide range of herbal cosmetic products, especially for skin care. Padma Shri was awarded to her in 2006, which is the Indian government’s highest civilian honor and Success Magazine rated her in 1996 as the “World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur. She had her education in La Martiniere Lucknow. There are about 400 clinics franchised all over the world in more than 138 countries.