Promo 2 from our latest video series for Paper House, a 5-day immersive writers retreat in the Parvati Valley, Himachal.


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The Road To Recovery (September 2017)


A portrait of The Good Shepherd Recovery Home in Mulshi, Maharashtra


"The fact that you could capture the activities from the day to day programme at our rehab centre and convey a message of hope so beautifully has been of great value to us."

- Eldred Tellis, Director, Good Shepherd Recovery Home

AUGUST 2017

For 5 months during the end of 2016 and early 2017, I put all work aside to develop a screenplay.


I learned an important lesson - storytelling is hard work, and it takes dedication over a long stretch of time to understand the craft.


My money ran out and I had to return to client work. To get the juices and energy flowing again, I collaborated pro-bono with my old friend Eldred Tellis to make a movie on a rehabilitation clinic he manages in the hills near Pune.

#EmbraceYourColor (July 2016)

JUNE 2016

The first half of 2016 was devoted to long term projects with the State of Architecture In India exhibit and Education World Magazine. 


Mid-year, cinematographer/producer Indraneel Lahiri and I sat down and asked the magic question - if we had unlimited resources, what project would we undertake?


The answer was: a video to counter the message that consumption can make us happy.


We got busy identifying an angle, writing a script and roping in collaborators.


In the video, titled #EmbraceYourColor, we took on the racket of skin color creams and presented an idea that you could enjoy for free: self-love and appreciation come from within.


The project's success - a film festival win, coverage in several major digital news outlets, 30,000+ views - reinforced our core creative principle: intent is key.


Personnel:

Actors - Farah, Pinky, Rani, Sandhya

Writer, Director, Editor, Producer - Sidhant Mehra

Cinematographer, Producer - Indraneel Lahiri

Producer - Robin Chaurasiya

Acumen - Building An Audacious New World (October 2015)


From the client:

“You make no compromises when it comes to quality and I appreciate that high-bar. Also, the entire execution play was amazing and your level of preparedness is applaud-worthy.”

- Jhoomer Sinha, Senior Portfolio Associate, Acumen

OCTOBER 2015

A year after starting up, Acumen offered us a unique challenge:


During a 2 day retreat, could we interview the CEOs of all their India portfolio companies on day 1, edit the video overnight, and screen the video at the closing celebration on day 2 of the event?


We said Yes! and got to work planning this 36 hour video project.


The video was directed and edited by Sidhant Mehra with cinematography by Malini Dasari.

Fair Conditioning - Redesigning India’s Energy Future (June 2015)


From the client:
“You've humanized an already humane organization with such adeptness. Every part of it seems to have been cared for deeply and dealt with sensitively. What a gift!”
- Vivek Gilani, Managing Director, cBalance Environmental Solutions Hub

MAY 2015

A friend, the very passionate environmentalist Vivek Gilani, asked me to do a video on his organization Fair Conditioning.


The video, created using a mix of interview and stock footage, takes us on a visual journey across continents and landscapes to illustrate his team's unique approach to battling climate change in India.

The Spirit of the Negev (March 2015)


Filmed during a long hike through a desert, this is a portrait of lifelong friends pondering the big questions.

FEB 2015 - ISRAEL

In early 2015 my best friend cajoled and bribed me into joining him for a 17 day hike through the Negev Desert in Israel.


I brought my camera and made the movie above.

Brother's Keeper (November 2014)


From Narayan Krishnan, the man profiled in the video:

"Awesome my dear friend. You have rocked. I am speechless after seeing your powerful presentation and representation synchronizing our thoughts and actions into picturerization without having a protocol." 

-Narayanan Krishnan, Akshaya Trust


OCTOBER 2014

There was a man in Madurai who had built a huge rehabilitation home, with private funds that he attracted by virtue of his remarkable dedication and conviction.


I wanted to meet him and make a movie about him, so I took a series of buses from Mumbai to Madurai, and spent 3 days at his facility.


The footage resulted in the next short video, Brother's Keeper.


Aured - Learning to Listen and Speak (September 2014)


From the client:

“These films are going to help us not just with fund-raising but also to create an awareness to new technology that enables deaf children to listen and speak and integrate into a hearing world.”
- Aziza Tyabji, Director, Aured



AUGUST 2014

As I completed my first two practice videos, I began seeking clients. My goal at the time was to work for social causes. 


A friend connected me to Aured, one of India's leading schools for the hearing impaired.


6 days of shooting + 2 months of editing resulted in 3 short videos and a high water mark for me in terms of what it feels like to work for a client who is appreciative, supportive, clear, and pushes you to deliver the best you can.


Aziza Tyabji, the founder of Aured, has remained a friend and mentor. She built Aured with great love, conviction, and inclusiveness. I was lucky to have her as my first major client.

Common Purpose (July 2014)


I had the chance here to begin to practice the short documentary format, where the keys are simply:

turn the camera on, ask questions, listen. 

JULY 2014

Next I joined a friend, Abhishek Bharadwaj, as he facilitated an interaction between business executives and street-dwellers.


The idea was to build bridges between the impoverished and the wealthy. It was an interesting exchange, captured in the video above, Common Purpose

Sankalp Street Play (July 2014)


A street play on HIV prevention arranged by the Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust.


Things came full circle when we made an in-depth profile of Sankalp's Drug Rehabilitation Home 3 years later.

JUNE 2014

I had been working as a freelance web designer for 3.5 years when my brother helped me buy a fantastic Canon DSLR. 


I retired my Flip camera and started afresh on the hunt for interesting things to film.

Facemelter (2010)


With the help of friends and family I wrote and directed this short love story in Brooklyn and Manhattan, just a few months after graduating from college.


At this point I had been making short films for 5 years. This was the culmination of all that I knew at that time about film production.

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