#1: From interview [Cinema Beyond Entertainment, 2017]

 

   


ANIL MEHTA   ISC

 

Born: ?, India.

Education: Scindia School, Gwalior; Hindu College, Delhi University [Commerce]; Film and Television Institute of India [FTII], Pune [1979-83; Cinematography].

Career: Came to Bombay in 1984 and started as c.asst working with doph Barun Mukherjee. 'My first independent work was with Chandita Mukherjee on her series on the history of science and technology on the subcontinent. The subject matter was very interesting and the most challenging part of it was how to transform the material into a visual thing, not like a reading of a textbook. I was shooting this in 16mm and at that time I was also assisting in the advertising industry. Working in the advertising industry did not come to me easily. It took me very long to figure out how exactly to approach working on an advertisement. However, it is a fact that it's the only thing that has helped me survive and sustain myself here.'

Ph commercials dir by Ram Madhwani [for Perfetti Van Melle], a.o. Ph corporate doc's and tv-series.

Teaches at the Annapurna International School of Film + Media [AISFM], Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

Awards: Screen Weekly Award [1996] for 'Khamoshi'; Screen Weekly Award [1999] & International Indian Film Academy 'Award for Excellence' [2000] for 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam'; Screen Weekly Award [2002] for 'Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India'; Screen Weekly Award nom [2004] for 'Kal Ho Naa Ho'; Screen Weekly Award nom [2005] for 'Veer-Zaara'.


 

 FILMS & TELEVISION

1988

Bharat Ki Chhap/The Identity of India [Chandita Mukherjee] 13-part doc tv-series/16mm (1989)

1993

Fearless: The Hunterwali Story [Riyad Vinci Wadia] b&w-c; doc/62m; cph: R.M. Rao & Faroukh Mistry

1993

The Cloud Door [Mani Kaul] tvm/28m; ep 27-part series (1st series) 'Erotic Tales/Tales of Erotica/Die schönste Sache der Welt', 1993-2002

1995

Khamoshi [: The Musical] [Sanjay Leela Bhansali] scope/c; 159m; replaced scheduled ph Binod Pradhan

1998

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam/Straight from the Heart [Sanjay Leela Bhansali] scope/c; 188m

2000

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India/Land Tax [Ashutosh Gowariker] Arriscope/c; addph: K.U. Mohanan; 2 parts (102m & 121m)

2001

Jang Aur Aman/War and Peace [Anand Patwardhan] b&w-c; doc/136m & 172m; co-addph; ph: A. Patwardhan; filmed over 3 years

2001

Agni Varsha/[Agnivarsha:] The Fire and the Rain [Arjun Sajnani] c; 150m; + co-scrpl

2002

Saathiya [Shaad Ali] scope/c; 2 parts (70m & 67m)

2003

Kal Ho Naa Ho/Tomorrow May Not Be/Indian Love Story [Nikhil Advani] scope/c; 2 parts (92m & 95m)

2004

Veer-Zaara [Yash Chopra] scope/c; 2 parts (92m & 101m)

2005

Marigold [Willard Carroll] scope/c; 2uc: Mrinal Desai; doc ph: Cindy Kurland

2005

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna [Karan Johar] s35/c; 2 parts (94m & 99m); addph: Jatinder Sharma

2005

Salaam-E-Ishq: A Tribute to Love [Nikhil Advani] c; cph: Piyush Shah

 

[Right] with dir Ayan Mukherjee - "Wake Up Sid"

 

2009

Wake Up Sid [Ayan Mukherjee] c; 138m

2010

Rockstar [Imtiaz Ali] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 159m

2011

Cocktail [Homi Adajania] scope/c; 146m; 2uc: Anirudh Garbyal

2012

Jab Tak Hai Jaan/As Long as I Live [Yash Chopra] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 176m; aph: Jeremy Braben

2013

Highway [Imtiaz Ali] HD (Sony F65)/c; 133m

2013

Finding Fanny [Homi Adajania] HD (Sony F65)/c; 2uc: Saurabh Vishwakarma

2014

Badlapur [Sriram Raghavan] HD (Sony F55)/c

2014

Shaandaar/Fabulous [Vikas Bahl] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c; 144m

2015

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil/A.D.H.M. [Karan Johar] c; 158m; 2uc: Lalit Sahoo; filmed 2015-16

2016

Secret Superstar/Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai [Advait Chandan] scope/c; 2uc: Lalit Sahoo

2017

Beyond the Clouds/Floating Gardens [Majid Majidi] c

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1983

The Clown and the Dog [Sunny Joseph; short/b&w/42m] Anil Mehta presents...;  ph: Anoop Jotwani; prod FTII

1984

Holi/The Festival of Fire [Ketan Mehta] asst dir; ph: Jehangir Choudhari

1985

Mirch Masala/Spices/A Touch of Spice [Ketan Mehta] asst dir; ph: Ashok Mehta

1989

Mr. Yogi [Ketan Mehta; tv-series] asst dir; ph: ?

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

2007

Aaja Nachle/Come Let's Dance [feature] ph: K.U. Mohanan

2009

Ab Bolo Harhar Mahadev [feature] status unknown