Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls. – Ingmar Bergman
Famous words said by one of the most famous filmmakers of our time. This is the sentiment that sums up my aspirations or journey as a filmmaker. Many people ask me how I ventured into filmmaking. It is true that I had it all. A thriving real estate business, a fair share of event management expertise and my passion for singing and music. Yet, filmmaking didn’t just happen to me. The roots were sown in childhood when I witnessed the magic that filmmakers weave – the first time on a silver screen. To say I was spellbound would be an understatement.
As someone once said “I didn’t go to film school. I went to films.” I remember falling in love with the world of cinema as a child. This love soon turned into an epic romance and a full blown saga when I made my debut as a filmmaker.
I continued to explore various artists and films throughout my formative years. But why film-making? I believe the power of films is unprecedented. Cinema has such a visceral impact on our senses with its enigmatic storytelling, addictive picturization and a coming together of various arts – photography, cinematography, music, writing, choreography, literature.
I remember reading that Cinema is a complete art form and I do believe it is true. This is why I chose this life to be a filmmaker, to weave the same magic that leaves audiences spellbound or makes them laugh and cry with us or forces them to think.
First step into the world of filmmaking
Chhello Divas will always be special to me just as the first-born is special to the mother. I made my debut as a filmmaker with SP Cinecorp’s first film – an urban comedy Chhello Divas. The movie was a landmark film as it introduced a new wave of urban Gujarati films with contemporary themes and relevant topics that transformed the way people looked at Gujarati cinema.
It also cemented our company SP Cinecorp’s position as one of the top production houses that delivers great content.
A hat trick with 3 consecutive hits
My films in the consecutive years proved that it was neither fluke nor beginner’s luck that made Chhello Divas a grand success. Rather, it is the meticulous selection of stories, directors, actors, and scripts that creates memorable cinema.
Something we proved with our three consecutive successful films in Chhello Divas, Buddha in a Traffic Jam and The Tashkent Files. All with remarkably different storylines and cast, but all films were a resounding success stamping public approval over our choice of subjects and authority as a filmmaking company.
It is no mean feat to deliver three consecutive hits, three years in a row and featuring stalwarts like Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Tripathi, Anupam Kher, Arunoday Singh, Mahi Gill no less.
But as a filmmaker I am never daunted by any subject or controversy. My job is to vet the finest stories, work with interesting directors and artists with a unique vision to narrate stories that stay with you for a long time.
To quote one of my favourites Quentin Tarantino “If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies.”