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.
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 | ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Vani is a Modern Indian History postgraduate from Jawaharlal Nehru University with a background in digital advertising. Her role at Jamun is to ideate and research in the pre-production phase, while on shoot she is Jamun's Assistant Director. She's a music nerd and drinks way too much coffee.
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 art direction, design and research, amongst other things. She is also a photographer, and a struggling addict of Nutella, Thums Up and rom-coms.
NAINA BHAN | DA
Naina studied Film & Video at The National Institute of Design, Ahemdabad. Her role at Jamun is as Director’s assistant, writer and editor. She also enjoys fashion styling, photography and art direction. In her spare time she likes to draw sad girls, sing in bathroom and eat copious amounts of sushi.
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.
ARPIT MASSEY | INTERN
Arpit studied computer science at Delhi University and then went on to be 'clueless' for some time, until it dawned on him that Video Editing is his higher-calling. He is an audiophile and a self-taught musician. He loves troubleshooting his way out of technical problems. Here at Jamun, he is currently involved in various post production processes
AJAY SUNDARAM | INTERN
Ajay graduated from the University of Evansville in 2017 with a degree in Political Science and Communication. At university he took courses in cinema, photography and filmmaking and eventually founded the Film Society at university. He is Jamun's intern factotum, learning about production from all sides. His favourite movies don't make sense or money.
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.
BABLU KOHLI | OFFICE BEARER
Bablu is the office bearer at Jamun. He keeps the Jamun office ship-shape and the Jamuns energetic with a constant flow of caffeine. In his spare time he hits the gym and loves listening to 'dard wale gaane'.