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.
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.
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.
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.
The journey began when my brother Vedant helped me buy a sweet Canon DSLR.
I started roaming Mumbai and other areas in India looking for interesting things to film.