Arguably one of the most underplayed role in film making would be that of a casting director but not many know it's casting that actually brings a film together. Ever wondered what would Chak De! India look like if it wasn't for Shah Rukh Khan playing Kabir Khan or what would Kuch Kuch Hota Hai look like if Twinkle Khanna had done Rani Mukerjee's part Tina, as Karan Johar so rightly wanted? Weird right? It's all the magic of casting that brings the right people in the right role. And while the Hindi cinema buffs might only know of Mukesh Chhabra for casting, there's another man who's done some brilliant job at getting the right people for the right roles and that's Casting Director Dinesh Sudarshan Soi.
Having done casting in more than 200 films (Bollywood, Pollywood, Marathi & South), Dinesh Soi just completed producer Pradeep Rangwani's Red Affair as a project whose casting comprises of Arbaaz Khan, Manjari Fadnis, Ashmit Patel, Maheck Chahal, Mukul Dev and many other noticeable characters.
Hailing from the solid educational background, Dinesh owes his journey in film industry to destiny. "I was an academically inclined man and as cliched as it may sound, films happened luck by chance," says Dinesh who's journey from Mohali to Mumbai happened incidentally and interestingly.
Being academically ACCA (I) UK, M.Com from Panjab University, and MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis Pune, he was a Professor at Mohali, Punjab. He casually participated in Mr. North India contest in 2007 and won it, followed by a number of good assignments. Being crazy for movies since his childhood, opportunity had started knocking his door now. Lights, Camera and Action had always attracted him, he took a call and moved to Mumbai in 2008. Once a Professor, switched on to actor and played the role of 'Jugnu' in Star Plus popular show Mann Ki Aawaz Pratigya. But soon realizing that he could achieve much more by becoming a Casting Director, formed his own Casting Company at a young age.Among other film projects, Dinesh's Casting work on small screen is also massive with shows including the likes of Code Red on Colors, Bhanwar on Sony TV and many shows for Sahara One and Doordarshan like Aakhir Bahu Bhi Toh Beti Hee Hai, Haunted Nights, Masakali, Phir Jeene Ki Tammanna Hai, Kismat Connection, Chupaun Kaise Laaga Chunri Mein Daag, Command Force etc.
Dinesh Sudarshan Soi always wanted to do good movies and it's exciting times ahead for the casting director who's working on the likes of Veerey Ki Wedding, Raja Abroadiya, Vodka Diaries, The Tape, Marathi films Gotya, Valan, Festival film Who Is The First Wife Of My Father, German movie Autumn Leaves and many others. Gone global, Dinesh is currently casting for 10 Hindi feature films for different banners and he sure is one super in demand and super busy casting director of B Town!