Aniket and Shrey run youtube channel – Old Delhi films and recently worked with Salman Khan, Huma Qureshi, Lisa Haydon and Vikas Bahl. Read on to know more about them.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
I started as a theater practitioner graduated from Hansraj College and after that started working in Gargi college as a theatre professional. Worked there for one year, directed their play and then started a new college theatre team called Manchtantra (Guru Gobind Singh college of commerce DU). Wrote and directed many stage and street plays on different social issues like caste system, Naxalism, Patriarchy and de-notified tribes of india. In 2012 directed my first short film “Shehar” (won best short film critic award at Bangalore short film festival) , and then many other shorts as well. And then in May 2014 we started Old delhi films on youtube.
What prompted you to become a filmmaker?
We (Aniket and Shrey) always loved cinema, everything about cinema. In college days I wanted to become an actor but after college I realized writing and directing has a power to create. I started watching Hollywood films, hindi films, good films bad films.
Learned so much just by watching world cinema. And then in 2012 we decided to finally make a short film.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
Yes we do have a team, we all are partners, we actually have a big team its me who usually writes and directs, shrey who handles production and logistics he is an actor as well, akhil is an actor and he is our creative help, pushkar is our director of photography, he is one talented guy. Anish, Raman and Amit are other partners.
How many/ What kind of movies you have made?
We have made two 30 mins shorts “Shehar” and “The insignificant robbery” , and other than them we have made over 25 shorts. Based on social issues, satirical films, sketches, and plain entertaining films.
What is your dream/ vision?
The dream is to learn more and become one of the big names in the industry, one of the finest directors. And old delhi films should be considered as one of the most trusted production house in the country.
What difficulties you face as an independent filmmaker?
In my field you need to be really good at networking and socializing with people to get work and contacts , and in my case I suck at that. I am really bad at talking on the phone too and dropping a sms in order to socialize. People think that I am arrogant because I don’t talk that much to people I don’t know, but the only thing is that I am shy. I am bad at making new relationships. So I faced prejudices. But I am learning , it’s a process.
Another difficulty I am still facing that I need my artistic freedom, an understanding from the people to the work I do. I know one day I will be successful in that too. the struggle is still on actually, sometimes its good when you achieve something you decided for yourself, but sometime its really tough really low and down when you face rejection or fall. All I have learnt is to be patient and work, because everything changes. Struggle makes you harder and stronger. I feel everyone should learn from their own stories.
Any fun/ memorable incident?
Every time on the set, on the post , there are infinite fun moments, can’t remember any specific.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbee in filmmaking?
Work hard, outside your comfort zone, respect work ethics, and keep on working. You may have a small audience now but your amount of good work will bring you huge audience.
Anything else you’d like to share?
The things I feel that can add on to the story are – Indian film director is Ashutosh Gowariker and Vishal Bhardwaj has been a big influence on us.
My fav directors are Steven Speilberg, Quentin Tarantino .
We recently shot a video with Salman Khan, Huma Qureshi, Lisa Haydon and director Vikas Bahl.
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