Ninad Mahajani is a small town boy, left his IT job to work for Radio, now doing acting and also making short films to showcase himself. Read on to know more about this talented personality.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
Coming from a small town Satara, I never really knew I could even speak English. But at an engineering course in Pune a revelation happened when a girl walked up to me after a communications class saying you have got an accent and a great voice. I then started working on it and did a radio workshop. Nothing happened back then. Finished my software engineering course followed by 2 luxurious years at cognizant. By a stroke of luck won a streetside Radio mirchi competition. After few tests I earned an internship with them while working with cognizant. They liked and hired me a couple of months later. Two years with radio and I was bored again 🙂 because the acting dream had taken shape. And then I was in the torrential rains of mumbai trying to test myself in a new unforgiving territory. Its been two and a half years, 5 TV commercials, a feature film, 2 short films and plenty of anchoring. Not bad eh. And I am just getting warmed up.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
Had loads of ideas and thoughts when I began acting. I never really thought I could write a long story. While working with humaramovie, I narrated a thought to Vinay Mishra. He said – why don’t you convert it into a short film. So it happened. Well I directed another story though, hehe, thats been my life.
What was your parents reaction when you quit your job and chose this as a career?
Normal reaction, which you expect from parents 🙂 I was a bright student as a child then, I had a nice IT job and like most software engineers my career path had be to like – go onsite etc. but all these things were not of my type. Infact in my 3rd year of engineering, I had decided that I will go for radio/ acting.
How you got attracted towards acting?
When I was in Satara as a kid I used to watch cricket and I used to imitate Harsha Bhogle, Ravi Shastri etc. and all these acts actually got ingrained in my psyche. In our communication class, when we had to speak on a topic, I used to speak about cricket and mimic Navjot Sidhu, Ravi Shastri, Rahul Dravid etc. Thats how I got attracted.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
No team. I work with what fits and is available for a particular project.
How many/ What kind of movies you have made?
Two short films. Ghar broker chakkar – a mysterious house hunting in Mumbai. and Sleep: Interspersed, based on paradoxical insomnia.
What do you like more acting or direction?
Thats a good question actually. I am a selfish kind of guy and I make short films to showcase myself 🙂 Well currently the type of films (feature films or short films) which are getting made, I don’t want to be part of these films (like Action jackson etc.) so its better for me to do my own stuff.
What is the current project you are working on?
Currently, I am working on a project where we make videos on social issues. We have tie ups with many NGOs for that. So what we are trying to do is that we make 2-3 minutes short video in which we cover social causes or spread awareness about issues like global warming, anti smoking, child labour. At the same time we also try to make these videos funny.
What is your dream/ vision?
I certainly want to act first and foremost in a variety of films – different genres, different languages. May be a spanish film one day 🙂 Would also look to direct my own films after some acting exploits.
What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?
Funds – the obvious answers. Having said that its important to scrape it out from the bottom of the barrel. Thats the real fun of it.
Any fun/ memorable incident?
Well my entire life itself feels like an incident. Having done 7 different professions in 6 years :-). To tell one from the film – while doing Ghar broker chakkar, an actress had to hit me with a big fat wood block. We rehearsed it, but in the actual take, she bashed me up for real. I guess the shot turned out quite well but I do have my skull still bruised.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbee in filmmaking?
Its thoughts and ideas that matter more than anything. Just be what you are rather than trying to idolize/ copy someone.
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