Deepak Tijori is an Indian film director and actor who works in Bollywood and Gujarati films and is well known for his supporting roles in Aashiqui, Khiladi, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Anjaam, Ghulam, and Badshah. Before embarking on a career in Bollywood, Tijori received his college education from Narsee Monjee College in his hometown Mumbai. While in college, Tijori joined an amateur theatre group whose members included Aamir Khan, Ashutosh Gowariker, Paresh Rawal and Vipul Shah. His friends influenced him to pursue a career in film acting. During this time, he also worked for Cine Blitz magazine and also as a hotel manager. Tijori’s first important role in Bollywood came when Mahesh Bhatt cast him to play the role of the protagonist’s friend in his romantic drama Aashiqui. The film was a commercial success and his hand gestures in the film were widely copied by the youth of the time. He then proceeded to play minor roles in Afsana Pyar Ka, and Kaun Kare Kurbanie. In the same year, he was cast again by Mahesh Bhatt to play the supporting roles in two of his films. These were the romantic drama Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin and the romantic thriller Sadak. Then in 1992, he featured in Abbas-Mustan’s suspense thriller Khiladi alongside Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Jhulka, and Sabeeha and this film went on to become a commercial success. His next important role was in the Mansoor Khan directed coming-of-age sports drama Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar alongside Aamir Khan, in which Tijori played the role of Shekhar Malhotra, a successful and arrogant cyclist who wins the Inter-School Championship every year. This film also went on to become a major success and was ranked ninth in Bollywood’s top 10 college movies list by Rediff.com. Tijori further continued to appear in several top grossing Bollywood films before embarking on a directorial career of his own. He made his directorial debut in 2003, with an adult film about male strippers called Oops!. He was also credited as the producer and writer although the film was considered controversial because of the subject matter and initially faced troubles with the Central Board of Film Certification. His next directorial venture was Fareb starring shilpa Shetty and Shamita Shetty. Like his previous film, Fareb also had troubles with the censor board and was given a certificate implying that it was to be viewed only by adult audiences. It also received negative reviews. In the same year, he directed the thriller Khamoshh… Khauff Ki Raat, which also received mixed reviews. The following year, Tijori directed the comedy Tom, Dick, and Harry which in a review for India Today by Anupama Chopra was called the year’s worst film. The rest of Tijori’s directorial career followed suit and was riddled with adult films that struggled to get a good censor rating and problems with the cast and producers. Therefore, Do Lafzon Ki Kahani starring Randeep Hooda was Tijori’s last directorial project. He then went on to play the role of a house mate in the first season of Bigg Boss. During Tijori’s stay at the Bigg Boss House, his wife Shivani Tijori sent text messages to her friends, family members, and media-persons to help Tijori in getting out of the house. This resulted in him being evicted from the house.
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