I must begin with my deep and sincere appreciation for my high school, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, New Delhi, All though the school motto "Service Before Self" make absolute sense now, even as a teenager the institution instilled in me the fundamental concept of "Never to Give Up". To illustrate: In a 10+2 High school system, I was handsomely awarded for my "Co-Curricular" activies,: my 70% was considered 80%. Moving on from std XI to the final year of High School, I just about managed 40%. Not only was promoted, I was also appointed the Vice Caption of my school house "Godavari". This gave me the confidence to take up cinematography as a carrer. High school got over in 1994. It took me seven years to start shooting independently as a Cinematographer. From 1994-96, first: I worked my way up from a stage hand to production manager in Mr. Aamir Raza Hussain's theatre group Stagedoor working on epic like Ramayan; The Legend of Ram:Prince of India. Simultaneously I also did freelance Radio as a presenter for the Yuv Vani[Youth's Voice] channel of All India Radio, Delhi Station. I finally picked up a SLR camera in 1996. Dropped out of University of Delhi, Bachelor of Science undergraduate program in the final year, and moved to Bombay 1998. My film school was XIC, technically it is a post graduate diploma, i was not awarded the physical diploma, but i learned the basics well there[ 2 out of 4 films of mine, made with different set of crews were adjudged the best film. After the film school I worked under a stunning DoP Mr. Sanjay F. Gupta W.I.C.A. He helped me shorten my ten year plan to be a DoP by 70%. Since 2001 I've been shooting independently. My fourth Hindi Feature Film as a Director of Photography is up for release within this quarter. As an Entrepreneur, I'm currently working to set up a film and digital production/acquisition & D-Cinema post production studio in Mauritius.
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