Rafey Mahmood (Head Of Department)
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.
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).
An alumni of the Film and Television Institute of India ( FTII ) , he has shot various documentaries and feature films that have been critically acclaimed and feted all over the world. Amongst the documentaries he has shot, Journeys was screened at more than sixty international film festivals and won more than a dozen prominent awards. For this film he was nominated for Best Cinematography at Madrid International Documentary Festival. He was also nominated for Best Camerawork for the documentary Women, Water and 10,000 miles at New York Film Festival. Another film Rat Race not only opened the prestigious IDFA but saw a successful theatrical release. Duphang-ni-Solo (An Autumn Fable), a documentary in Bodo language opened the Indian Panaroma at IFFI and the Calcutta International Film Festival.
His repertoire of feature films includesSuddha, a Tulu film which was adjudged the Best Indian Film at Osian International Film Festival, New Delhi. Puttani Party,a Kannada film that he shot,received the National Award for Best Children’s Film. The Oriya film Kathantara won National Award for Best Oriya Film and he was given the Orissa State Film Award for Best Cinematography.
He was awarded the IDPA Gold for Excellence in Cinematography for the corporate film Chase.