Crew Biographies

Vivek Budakoti……….(Director/Writer/Producer)

Born in 1976, in town of Lucknow, India, Vivek Budakoti, started his career an Assistant Director for Indian Television serials produced by Nimbus. He assisted veteran directors like Sudhir Mishra, Aziz Mirza, Suhail Tatari, Rajat Mukherji and had a chance to assist the most prolific painter of his time M. F. Hussain for his film “Meenakshi- a tale of three cities’. He also collaborated with proclaimed writer Atul Tiwari as an assistant and associate writer for many of his projects.

Vivek made his first short film titled “Image” that was showcased and nominated for awards in Digital Talkies International Film Festival 2001.

Later as he founded his production company Magic Lantern Productions, he directed as well as produced a few television soaps, including ‘Ram Milayi Jodi’,’ Tum Dena Saath Mera’  for prominent channels in India. He along with his business partner Rajita Sharma won the Television’s New Talent Award for Most Promising New Producer in 2011.

Rajita Sharma……….(Writer/ Producer/ Associate Director)

With an expertise in content management as a Writer and Creative Director, Rajita Sharma’s experience ranges widely from Television News reporting to Travel Shows to documentary films to Ad films and TV serials.

Having started her work as a trainee correspondent with TV Today group in 1996, she went on to direct a Weekly Science magazine and many a documentaries on Human Rights, Health and Education of Women, Plight of Women in Insurgent India, Indian Folk theatre and news magazines on various social issues (‘Kiran’- DD, India).

She also worked as an assistant director for a few Ad Films and Feature Films before taking to writing as her first passion. She developed  and/or wrote close to 25 successful shows for television like ‘Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin’, ‘Kasauti Zindagi Ki’, ‘Kkusum’, ‘Aek Chabhi Hai Pados Mein’, ‘Ek Ladki Anjani Si’, ‘India Calling’, ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ and ‘Ram Milayi Jodi’ to name a few. She also had a short but fruitful stint as a Supervising Producer in Sony TV, India. She later went on to produce a few TV serials ‘Ram Milayi Jodi’ and ‘Tum Dena Saath Mera’ for prominent satellite channels, anchor links with celebrated actress Madhuri Dixit for the launch of a new channel and a Telefilm for Star India under the banner of Magic Lantern Productions. Pied Piper is her maiden venture in Hindi Feature Film as a Producer along with Vivek Budakoti.

Jayant Deshmukh……….(Production Designer)

Noted Art Director and Production Designer Jayant Deshmukh, today, has more than 34 films and 50 television serials to his credit. Having been awarded for many of his landmark work, Jayant Deshmukh’s body of work includes successful films like ‘Aankhein’ (Vipul Shah), ‘Bawander’( Jagmohan Mundra), ‘Maqbool’ (Vishal Bharadwaj), ‘Tere Naam’ (Satish Kaushik), ‘Rajneeti’ and ‘Arakshan’ ( Prakash Jha) etc. His television work as a Set Designer includes popular and successful shows on Indian satellite channels like ‘Shobha Somnath Ki’, ‘Jhansi Ki Rani’, ‘Hum Ladkiyaan’, ‘Baa Bahu Aur Baby’, ‘Bidai’, ‘Do Hanson KaJoda’, ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’, ‘Ram Milayi Jodi’, ‘Tum Dena Saath Mera’ and ‘Aalaxmi’.

Anil Singh……….(Director of Photography)

Having started his career as an assistant cameraman to celebrated cinematographer of Indian Film Industry Sudeep Chatterjee, a prolific talent, Anil Singh progressed to become his Associate Cameraman in films like ‘Iqbal’, ‘Dor’ and ‘Ashayein’ directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and ‘Janeman’ directed by Shirish Kunder before branching out as an independent DOP on films like ‘Rave’ (Rajat Mukherjee). ‘Muktodhara’ and ‘Accident’ (Nandita Roy and Shiboprasad Mukerjee). He has also worked as a DOP on Ad films for prestigious brands like ‘Toyota’, ‘Nihar Hair Oil’, ‘Sunsilk’. ‘Volkswagon’, ‘Godrej’ and ‘IPL 2009’ to name a few.

Paresh A Shah……….(Song & Background Score Composer)

Paresh Shah is a promising music director who has composed songs and background score for Gujarati Film ‘Heda-Hoda’ (Directed by Vinod Ganatra) that won many an awards in National and International Film Festivals including 2nd Prize in Vancouver Film Festival 2004, Silver Awards for La Matatena Film Festival and Cairo Film festival 2004 and Silver Elephant award in 13th International Children’s Film Festival, India. His other film ‘Harun-Arun’ (Also directed by Vinod Ganatra)  has also won several awards like Liv Ulman’s peace Prize (Chicago International Children’s film Festival), Light of Asia Award (Buddhist Film festival, Srilanka) and Audience Award ( Freeze Frame Film Festival Canada),

Paresh has more than 30 television serials to his credit where he has composed original background score and original songs. He has recently received the prestigious Telly Award for the best background score for the serial ‘Kuch to Log Kahenge’ for Sony TV, India.