India’s ever-changing film industry is undergoing a paradigm shift, and one of the many causes of this shift is the wave of “new age” films that have swept the country. The cinematic experience has evolved in many ways as multiplexes have become unique destinations for film, food, and entertainment. However, it’s worth mentioning the growing trend for content-driven niche films to hit theaters. What’s even more encouraging is that there are audiences eager to watch these films, and this trend is expected to continue. One of those names that elicits immense admiration for revolutionizing cinematic experiences is Sudeep Mehta.
Sudeep’s film “Unfinished” was nominated as a finalist at the 2021 Paris International Film Awards and won numerous awards at film festivals around the world, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editor. Since his childhood he has been a diligent and career oriented student. He earned one percent in advanced photography from Harvard University and is currently pursuing professional studies in visual arts at Harvard. He obtained an A grade in photography and filmmaking. With 15 years of professional experience, he has toured extensively in India, the United States, Mexico, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Caribbean Islands. He currently works as Managing Director of Worldwide Photoworks Pvt. Ltd. He teaches photography and filmmaking at the Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies and the ITM Institute of Design and Media, both in Mumbai.
Recognizing his tireless efforts, he has appeared in numerous books and blogs by renowned authors, such as National Geographic’s Stunning Photographs by Anne Griffiths, Reader’s Digest and On Being with Krista Tippett. This year Mehta published her photo book, ‘Three Stories Above – The Lockdown Effects’ and received several awards at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris and The International Photography Awards.
In one of her statements, Sudeep said: “Film making was limited by a very rigorous creative format. The success of a film would depend on having a celebrity, a few moments of dancing and a storyline that could hold the audience’s attention for at least 2 hours 30 minutes. Today digital has democratized filmmaking in that anyone who can use a camera and tell a compelling story can distribute a film online .
“Digital has reduced production costs, inspired filmmakers to broaden their creative horizons and served as breeding ground for new talent. I never went to film school and continued to shoot with cameras. manual without budget. We had no facilities as young people have today. My goal is to share knowledge and experiences with my students and help them develop to be good photographers and filmmakers. And , as viewers become more open to watching many types of films on digital platforms, made by the new generation, I expect the phenomenon of new age cinema to skyrocket in the years to come, ”adds he does.
Thanking his prowess in the field, Sudeep has won a plethora of accolades for his work in various genres. The year 2012 brought many accolades, many of them for his outstanding work in ‘Hands of Unity’. It won the DPR Connect-Amazon.com competition and was named one of the world’s most popular photographs of 2012 by National Geographic Traveler. In 2015, he received an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards. This work also earned him the Bronze Award at the Prix De La Photographie, Paris. This year, his work in “Three Stories Above” also won a few awards.
Being a photographer, filmmaker and teacher, and succeeding alongside it requires a lot of patience and precision in creativity. Sudeep Mehta, holding it all, takes steps in the field and will not fail to touch the horizons with his artistic eye.