Abis Rizvi was an Indian producer and writer most famously known for the film Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans.
Early life and education
Rizvi was born in 1967 in Mumbai, India. His father, Dr. Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, is a businessman and a former member of Rajya Sabha in Bandra, West Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Abis was a nephew of Sibte Hassan Rizvi, film producer most famously known for movies such as Khamoshi (1986) and Joshilay (1989.) Abis was also a cousin of Anjum Rizvi, who is known for movies like Ahista Ahista (2006 ) and A Wednesday (2008).
Rizvi was the chief executive officer of Rizvi Builders, a real-estate company that his father formed in 1975. The company is headquartered in Mumbai, India, with operations in Bangalore, Goa, Delhi, Hospet, and Dubai.
In 1982, the company established operations in education space under the name "Rizvi Education Society." The company's education arm has developed campuses and educational complexes in Mumbai, and in Allahabad and Jaunpur in U.P.
In 1993, he entered software business by forming Xpediant Softwares Pvt. Ltd.
Rizvi later founded a film production house, ARF Films (Abis Rizvi Films.) Under ARF Films label, he produced and co-wrote the film Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans (2014,) which was directed by Kamal Sadanah. In 2016, he produced a bilingual Hindi-Punjabi Docu-Drama He-Man (2016).
In 2016, Rizvi along with director Kireet Khurana began working on his next film T for Taj Mahal. The filming began in October 2016, and was scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2017.
Rizvi was married and had a son. The family lived in Mumbai.
Rizzi was one of the 39 people killed in the terrorist attack in the nightclub Reina in Istanbul, on 1 January 2017. He is survived by his wife and son.
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