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 over 10 years. 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.
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.
ANUKRITI BAHUGUNA | ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Anukriti is a Social Media Communications postgraduate from Sophia’s College for Women. Her key role in the Jamun office is to ideate and research in the pre-production phase, while on shoot she is Jamun's Assistant Director. A die-hard fan of everything from Game of Thrones to Girls, she is Jamun's self-updating, go-to guide for contemporary media and pop culture.
SUHAIL PRAKASH | POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Suhail studied digital film and recording art at the School of Audio Engineering, Chennai. He’s a prolific drummer with a fondness for all things rock ‘n’ roll. At Jamun, Suhail is primarily involved in the post-production processes of filmmaking, from sound mixing to colour correction and managing data.
KAYTIE NEILSEN | PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Kaytie is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Directing and Creative Writing. She is working at Jamun this year as a part of the Luce Scholars Program, an American Foundation focused on fostering connections between the US and Asia. Kaytie has worked mostly in documentary film as a director, cinematographer, and editor. At Jamun, she hopes to learn about digital film production and storytelling within the Indian context.
SURABHI CHOWDHURY | ART DIRECTOR
Surabhi graduated from College Of Art, Delhi and specialised in graphic design, photography and videography. Here at Jamun, she is involved in the art direction, design and research, amongst other things. She is also a practicing photographer, and a struggling addict of Nutella, Thums Up and rom-coms.
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.
SACHIN KUMAR | OFFICE BEARER
Sachin is the office bearer at Jamun. He supervises the cleanliness of the office and oversees our office pantry. He keeps the office energised with his awesome coffee. His hobbies include playing cricket and listening to Punjabi songs.