AYESHA SOOD | DIRECTOR
Ayesha Sood is a filmmaker, photographer, music connoisseur, independent thinker, and a food enthusiast based in New Delhi. She has been generating independent and commissioned projects for film and television for nearly two decades. Starting her film career in the Art Department under the guidance of Aradhana Seth, Production Designer, She has worked with a number of directors including Deepa Mehta, Pankaj Butalia, Mira Nair, Rahul Bose, Daisy Von Mayer, and Farhan Akhtar. Her craft as a filmmaker emerges both in Independent and commercial cinema as well as short and long form documentaries.
Aside from her role as director, Ayesha is also a photographer and DSLR cinematographer. She wrote, directed and produced her own independent short film The Cherry On Top which has received critical acclaim and screened at film festivals in France, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom. Music has always inspired Ayesha’s creative process and as a trained musician her relationship with music is constantly evolving. Her role as the director for the second season of The Dewarists (a music documentary featuring some of India’s finest artists on Star World and 2012 bronze Cannes winner) gave her the perfect opportunity to merge her two passions: music and visuals. Her current work at Jamun involves her conceptualising and directing various commissioned projects, as well as some of her own.
UDAYAN BAIJAL | PRODUCER
Udayan Baijal is a producer at Jamun with a background in international feature films, documentaries and commercials. At Jamun, Udayan is working towards developing original cross-media content, tools and business models for filmmakers and digital artists. He has worked as first assistant director on international films including Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark 30, Christopher Nolan's Batman – The Dark Knight Rises, John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Udayan worked as the Visual Effects Assistant Director on the India leg of Ang Lee's Life of Pi. He has also worked in post production as an assistant editor on Slumdog Millionaire in London and in digital distribution at Emerging Pictures, New York. While at Emerging, Udayan developed a keen interest in alternative distribution and marketing strategies for independent content.
Udayan holds a Bachelors degree in History from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University and a Masters in Mass Communication from A.J.K. M.C.R.C, Jamia Millia Islamia University. In May 2007, Udayan was awarded the prestigious INLAKS Scholarship to train in digital film distribution and post production with leading film companies and filmmakers in New York and London.
For a peak into Udayans' film making journey, watch his Ted X talk here.
And for his feature film credits, click here.
REECHA UPADHYAY | PARTNER
Reecha has spent the last decade working on human rights policy and advocacy at the global and local levels. She has worked for the United Nations Development Programme on conflict and disaster prevention and recovery in New York, Geneva, South Sudan, and New Delhi. She has also worked with a number of local NGOs in New York, Thailand, Nepal and India. She has developed and implemented global advocacy campaigns like the Stop Rape Now campaign to end sexual violence. Reecha has developed content and communication strategies for human rights, environment justice, labour rights and peace and security issues. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the New School University in New York.
ISHA ASHTA | DIRECTOR
Isha began her career in Mumbai at Grey Worldwide as a copywriter, intending to eventually extend her vision to the medium of film as a director. Over the past decade she has worked with some of the stalwart directors of the advertising & film industry, garnering from each, a keen eye for cinematic storytelling.
Isha’s work as a director includes commercials for brands such as Xiaomi, One Plus, Horlicks, Google, as well as profiles of people in sports, the outdoors, comedy, NGOs, and the arts. As a filmmaker, she is drawn to stories with distinct elements of human and social consciousness. Being an outdoors person, she is most inspired by the narratives of people in the outdoors, especially women.
A mathematics graduate of St. Stephen’s College, she went on to study Film at Xavier’s, Mumbai. She was based in Mumbai for the early years of her career and now resides in her hometown, Delhi.
NEEL CHAUDHURI | RESIDENT WRITER
Neel's experience in full-length play writing brings essential skills to Jamun's Writers Room, notably a strong handle on long-form character development, the crafting of dramatic moments, and overall narrative structure. As a director of devised theatre, he is adept at overseeing ideation in the Writers Room, ensuring that everyone’s ideas are integrated in a way that best supports the story.
Neel is a Founder and Artistic Director of The Tadpole Repertory, a collective of writers, actors, directors and designers. He is also a member of the Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab in New York, and PLUTO, a coalition of international theatre writers and directors.
DANISH SHEIKH | WRITER
Danish Sheikh is a writer and academic working in law and the humanities. He has taught courses on the intersections of law, literature and sexuality at law schools across the country.
His works include the co-authored anthology Invisible Libraries, for which he won the TFA Award for Creative Writing in 2016. His writing has appeared in journals such as the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal and the Law and Society Trust Review, as well as publications including the Hindu, the Indian Express, Business Standard, the Wire, Mint, Scroll and DailyO.
VANI TRIPATHI | DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
Vani is a Modern Indian History postgraduate from Jawaharlal Nehru University with a background in digital advertising. Her role at Jamun is as Development Producer and writer. While on shoot she is also Jamun's Assistant Director. She's a music nerd and drinks way too much coffee.
SURABHI CHOWDHURY | ART DIRECTOR
Surabhi has always been inclined towards the Visual Arts from a very young age, coming from a family of theatre artists, fine artists, photographers and musicians. She pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (BFA), specialising in Communication Design, from College of Art, Delhi. Her love for visual story-telling, both motion and still, found a natural extension in Jamun. She handles art direction and production design and oversees aesthetics, grade & colour correction in post production. Her passion for the outdoors led her to work as a videographer and photographer for an organisation in a remote village in the Lower Mustang valley of Nepal. She hopes to shoot music videos for local as well as international musicians, help document the climate change in India, track snow leopards and make films revolving around the Indian outdoor/adventure community.
NAINA BHAN | DIRECTORS ASSISTANT & ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Naina studied History at Delhi University and completed a masters in Film & Video Communication at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Learning film at a design school probed her understanding of the medium as a design solution, crafting the film viewing experience to its audience. Her love for creating image & movement extends from a background in Bharatnatyam, hindustani classical music, creative writing, interior design and fashion. Her favourite part of film making is creating mood, whether is be through mise en scène, visual composition or music. She hopes to direct design films across music, art & fashion one day. At Jamun her role is as a Directors’ Assistant & Associate Producer.
SHARANYA DEEPAK | HEAD OF CONTENT - NON FICTION
Sharanya is an independent journalist based out of Delhi and at present, a developer and writer for Jamun. With bylines in Scroll.in, Roads And Kingdoms and Vice Media - she has one published book for kids to her credit. She hopes to write more - about food, travel and one great fat novel that sits on dusty bookshelves.
ASAD ALI | EDITOR & MOTION GRAPHIC ARTIST
Asad studied Audio Visual Communication from Symbiosis Center of Media and Communication, Pune. His role at Jamun comprises of Video Editing and Motion Graphics. He has a keen interest in sports, video games and music. In his spare time, Asad can be found struggling to be good at Counter Strike, lounging on reddit and listening to K-Pop.
MAYANKESH RANJAN | VFX & MOTION GRAPHIC ARTIST
Mayankesh Ranjan is a 3D generalist, motion design artist and VFX supervisor. He has a B. Tech in electronics and communication from Amity University, Noida and worked as a software engineer for 2 years until his love for VFX overtook him. He then pursued a masters in Visual Effects from Bournemouth University and has worked on numerous projects with clients from all over the world. He’s also keenly interested in film, sketching, video games and is a self confessed tech geek.
SEONATH WAKRAMBAM | ART DIRECTOR
Born in Manipur, Seonath is an artist who likes to cover a lot of ground. After pursuing a P.G. Dilpoma in Photography and Visual Communication, he took up a keen interest in mix media and is now a big fan of it. Also a musician in a couple of bands back in Manipur, his passion for art is on the rise and not looking to wane anytime soon.
NATASHA RATTI KAPOOR | PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Natasha graduated with a triple major in Media Studies, Economics and Political Science from Christ University. Her interest in the arts emerged early on, involving herself in multiple productions at a school and college level. She is a film and television fanatic as well as a singer. Extremely organised and a people person, Natasha aspires to be a Producer someday. At Jamun she works as a production assistant in the fields or art, research and production.
PARAS GURUNG | EDITOR
Paras Gurung is a video artist (Videographer) who likes to create and experiment with different formats and genres of video. He studied history and likes mixing the old with new. On days he is not shooting, you will find him doing the tiki-taka, learning a new chord or listening to Arctic Monkeys.
AJAY KHANNA | PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Ajay Khanna is a retired banker, now working with Jamun as an independent finance consultant. He has a natural inclination towards numbers, but when he is not working, he is cheering on India's cricket team or waiting for the Wimbledon games to begin. His favourite players are Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but he believes that all players should get a fair chance at victory, He also believes that there are few things better than home cooked food.
RAKESH KUMAR | BUILDING MANAGER
Rakesh is the building manager at Jamun and on set he works as a Production Manager. He is a father of two who loves to listen to old Bollywood songs and enjoys riding his bike. He likes to play badminton in his free time.
ANIL KHICHI | OFFICE ASSISTANT
New to the film business, Anil enjoys being on set observing the various film making processes. An action film buff, Anil is extremely hard working and amicable.