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My journey started with becoming a part of a filmmaker's group where I shot my first 7-minute amateur short film as a writer and director and was actively involved in the making of the co-operative Hindi feature film HUMNE JEENA SEEKH LIYA (2007).
I did my post-graduation from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and was selected for a foreign exchange programme between FTII and FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic.
In 2016, my short film as a writer and director, Nagraj In Mumbai, won first prize in a 50-hour filmmaking challenge, India Film Project (IFP). After that, I wrote and directed a 23-minute Hindi short film, Doranga, which was also selected for 3 Indian Film Festivals.
Recently, I creatively contributed to the Malayalam language Indian film Paka, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Currently, I am working on my first feature film, Hiaranyakashipu (The Enemy Father), which was a part of the Script Lab organised by Film-City (Mumbai) along with NFDC (National Film Development Corporation) and pitched at the NFDC Film Bazaar 2021.
I was also selected for the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab masters session 2021-22.
I have currently completed a shoot of the 14-minute Hindi short film THODI SI KHUSHI (A Bit of Happiness).
I have completed Sundance Collab's mobile filmmaking course and Sundance Collab’s Directing-Visual Storytelling program.
I wish to continue my zest for storytelling in the coming future by making feature films, short films, and documentaries as well.
Best Indian Director
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
9th Goa Short Film Festival (GSFF)
Panaji
2022
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
14th International Short and Documentary Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK)
Thiruvananthapuram
2022
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
12th Pune Short Film Festival (PSFF)
Pune
2022
Curators Choice Award
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
2nd International Short Film Festival (ISFF), Kolkata
Kolkata
2022
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
7th Bengal International Short Film Festival (BISFF)
Kolkata
2022
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
13th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival India (KASHISH MIQFF)
Mumbai
2022
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Nashik International Short Film Festival
Nashik
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Black Cat Award International Film Festival
Bolivia
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Jharkhand National Film Festival
Jamshedpur
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Cut International Film Festival
Festival Choice Award
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Behala International Film Festival
Behala
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Hummingbird International Film Festival
Kolkata
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Urban Visions - Beyond the Ideal City
Bologna
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Dreamanila International Film Festival
Manila
Semi-Finalist
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Serbest International Film Festival (SIFF)
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Mud House International Film Festival
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
9th Siliguri Short and Documentary Film Festival (SSDFF)
Siliguri
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
3rd Nirmal Pandey Smriti Film Festival (NPSFF)
Nainital
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
13th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM)
Melbourne
Best Director Special Mention
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
3rd Roshani International Film Festival (RIFF)
Aurangabad
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
8th International Film Festival of Shimla (IFFS)
Shimla
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
5th South Asian Short Film Festival (SASFF)
Kolkata
Best Promising Film
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Satyajit Ritwik Mrinal International Kolkata Film Festival (SRMIKFF)
Kolkata
Honorable Mention
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival in the Sky (KLIFFS)
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
5th Ottawa Indian film Festival Awards (OIFFA)
Ottawa
Official Selection
Thodi Si Khushi (A Bit of Happiness)
11th International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto [IFFSA Toronto]
Toronto
College
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune
20092013
Birth Date
July 13, 1984
Birth City
Ghatanji
Current City
Mumbai
Hometown
Ghatanji
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Asian
Eye Color
Brown
Married To
Puja Bhimanwar
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