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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Friday's Connector: Brett Ratner

May 17th, 2010
05:19 PM ET

Best known for blockbusters like the action-comedy "Rush Hour" franchise and "X-Men: The Last Stand", Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood’s most successful directors.

Brett Ratner is your Connector of the Day.

Brett Ratner is your Connector of the Day.

Born in Miami Beach, Florida, Ratner attended High School in Israel, and became the youngest film major at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at age 16.

Ratner directed his first feature film just ten years later - the surprise box office hit comedy "Money Talks," starring Charlie Sheen and Chris Tucker.

Since then, he's made eight feature films which have grossed over $1.5 billion dollars worldwide in a short amount of time. "X-Men: The Last Stand" opened with a staggering $123 million in just four days - the biggest Memorial Day weekend in history at the box office.

Away from the silver screen, Ratner has directed more than 100 music videos for the likes of Madonna, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus, and he's also moved into book publishing and photography.

His publishing company, Rat Press, is re-releasing out of print books about Hollywood, and his photographs have appeared in "Vanity Fair" and "Vogue Homme."

Most recently, he's edited the Indian movie "Kites" starring Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori for western audiences; the film will be released on May 21.

Wednesday's Connector: Hrithik Roshan

May 17th, 2010
12:24 PM ET

Born into a Bollywood dynasty, it's perhaps a bit unsurprising that Hrithik Roshan first appeared on film as a child.

Hrithik Roshan is your Connector of the Day.

Hrithik Roshan is your Connector of the Day.

After a short stint as an assistant director on films directed by his father, Roshan began to star in a spate of big banner movies.

Roshan even brought India its first celluloid superhero in the movie "Krrish".

Performances in other movies like "Jodhaa Akbar" won Roshan critical acclaim and numerous accolades at film festivals in India and across the world.

With the eagerly anticipated release of "Kites", his international plaudits look set to increase as the film is about to premiere in the United States and the United Kingdom.

There's even an English version of the movie entitled "Kites: The Remix" which was edited by Hollywood producer, Brett Ratner.