Dev Agarwal was born in Kolkata, India. Dev’s passion to capture the fleeting moments and its beauty was seeded early when he was in school. He attended the one-year photography course from Society of Photographers, Kolkata (2001). It was this course that cemented his love for the art of making images. In all his travels across the world, he had realized that the joy of photography is when you are walking down the street and you smile at someone and they smile back. There is nothing given and nothing taken. It is just like a little nudge, recognition of humanity and life. This is what it means to him.
Then he completed B.A in Mass Communication and Film Studies from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata (2002-2005); followed by Post Graduate Diploma in Cinematography from the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune (2005-2009). Now Mumbai is the city where he lives and work. In 2012 he started his company Purple Haze Films to ensure a creative environment for all kind of films especially documentary films. His love for documentaries and still photography had taken him to various places around the world.
At FTII, he understood the power of a moving image. Cinematography had made a total invasion in his life and he got to learn this art from some of the finest professionals & teachers in India. Cinema is a profound reflection of man’s relationship with life and human creativity, facilitating an intimate process of communication with self and the world we build around us. It generates new ideas, concepts and associations through visual, emotional, cerebral and spiritual experiences.
He had worked with eminent Indian as well as International Artists and Theatre Directors. He had shot feature films, documentaries, short fictions and corporate films. He had shot with Discovery channel for a Travel & Living show filmed in different countries of South-East Asia. His other work includes corporate films for multi-national companies like Reliance, Glenmark, Borosil, Faces, VLCC and Camlin etc. He had shot an International Feature Film INVASION 1897 (2015) in West Africa, CITYLIGHTS (2014) in India and BOLLYWOOD DIARIES (2016) to be released in India. He has also directed non-fiction film titled Unheard Voices (2012), Light from many Lamps (2014), Moved By Love (2015) & Everest (2016).
After completing his BA in Economics, Modern History & Political Sciences and MA in Mass Communication, Mr. Rafey Mahmood went on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Cinematography from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.
He then assisted and trained with some of the finest DOPs of India between 1990 to 1995 namely Binod Pradhan, Anil Mehta, Kiran Deohans, Anoop Jotwani and Piyush Shah.
After working in the media industry for many years he then became the Director of Photography (DOP) for feature films like Aankhon Dekhi , ‘Mithya’, ‘Mixed Doubles’, ‘Raghu Romeo’, Fatso ( Directed by Rajat Kapoor) ‘Katha Don Ganpatraoanchi’, ‘Journey to Mecca’(Produced by IMAX), Haasil ( Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia) , Red Shade, Cosmic Sex and many more. He has also done the Cinematography for acclaimed short films like ‘Tarana’, a 35mm Non Fiction Film on Indian Classical Music which won the Golden Lotus Award for the Best Non- Fiction Film at the National Film Awards, and many more. He has shot around 400 Commercials for Advertising Agencies, like JW Thompson, Grey Worldwide, Mc Caan Erikson, O&M, Leo Burnett, Mudra.
He has won the Radio & Press Advertising award (RAPA) in the year 2007 for ‘Best Cinematography’ in an Ad Film for Bose Audio Systems.
Rafey is also one of the few DOPs to be trained professionally for the IMAX large screen film format in Los Angeles.
He was featured in the Time Out magazine's story on " The 10 top current Indian Cinematographers to watch for " in 2009.
Mr. Ranjan Das
Ranjan Das has done his Diploma in Film Editing from FTII, Pune.After passing of FTII he has been involved as a Director, Writer, Editor and Consultant in Cinema, Television, corporate and Ad Films in Mumbai, Kolkata and Jakarta, Indonesia. He has written various Screenplays and stories for Hindi serials like Rihayee (Sony), Crime Patrol (Sony), Siddhant (Star One) and a couple of episodes of Karamchand (Sony). He has Edited more than 200 documentary films for National and local Doordarshan Kendras. He has also been amongst the panel of scriptwriters of BLACK MAGIC MOTION PICTURES. He has taught as a Guest lecturer at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Currently he is working on Feature Film projects.
Mr. Manish Pingle (SYNC Sound Recordist & Designer.)
Mr. Manish Pingle graduated from Film and Television institute of India, Pune in 1998.
p>He has worked in international Films like Eat Pray Love starring Julia Roberts and The curse of King Tut’s Tomb produced by Mitch Engel. He has also worked as Indian sound effects recordist on the famous film LIFE OF PI - directed by Ang Lee and an Italian production, Flying Lessons - produced by Khussro Films. He also worked on Hindi Feature films as - Teri Meri Kahaani - Directed and Produced by Kunal Kohli, Rann - Directed by Ram Gopal Varma. He also worked for the Television series Satyamev Jayate and a documentary Chale Chalo on the making of Lagaan, a film which was was a runner up in the Oscars.
Mr. Rajesh Thakar
Rajesh Thakar is a technically astute, creative and resourceful industry professional and an experienced teacher with 15 years of experience in Smoke/ Flame and Editing. He has edited and done Color Grading on Smoke for various Serials, Ad films, Promos, Films, Promotional Videos, Music Videos, Documentaries and Short Films. He is also an Autodesk Certified Trainer for Smoke and Flame.
Vineet Kumar Parmarthi
Vineet Kumar Pamarthi is graduate in Science (BSc.), Literture(BA addl. in Eng. Lit.) and Law (LLB). He did his post graduate diploma in cinema from Film And Television Institute Of India, Pune(FTII) and specialized in Film Editing.
He has edited over two thousand episodes of various fiction and non- fiction shows including Swabhimaan and Movers And Shakers and has Directed over three hundred episodes of various non- fiction shows.
He has won Dada Saheb Phalke Honor and Vinayak Kamlakar Karkhanis ( a renowned film editor) prize for Excellence in Performance in the institute.
His diploma film STILL LIFE won the national award in the Best Short Fiction category in 1995.
Suvir Nath did a Post Graduate Diploma from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune specializing in Film and T.V Editing.
His first feature length film as an editor "Road to Sangam" received 20 national and International awards. After a decade of experience as an editor and body of work spreading across films, T.V, Ads, Trailers, Documentaries, Short films, Web Series, Corporate Films and Music Videos, he switched on to direction and production. His first short film "Bol Golu Bol" participated in many national and international short film festivals and was telecast on Doordarshan. He has directed corporate films and ads for some prestigious brands. Currently he is producing a full length documentary film on social entrepreneurs in the country.
Anjali Punjabi has worked as the Line Producer for films like ‘Voices in the sky’ by Farhan Akhtar, ‘Little Zizou’ by Sooni Taraporevala and as Assistant Director for films like ‘Kamasutra’& ‘Monsoon Wedding’ by Mira Nair. She won the Best Director Award at the 50th National Film Awards 2003, in the non-feature section for the film ‘A few things I know about her’. ‘Miranagari’, her film on storytelling and the role of the artist in society woven around multiple narratives of the poet- Saint Mirabai. Funded by IFA (India Foundation for the Arts), won the Best Documentary, in the Mumbai International Film Festival, 2002 and the Special Jury Award at the Kara Film Festival, Karachi 2003.
Other award winning filmmakers she has collaborated with include Sabiha Sumar (who along with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, won the Oscar for the short documentary “Saving Face’), as well as Prashant Bhargava whose fiction and documentary work has been supported by the Sundance Institute.