I’m an independent filmmaker and National Geographic Storytelling Explorer, mainly focused on wildlife conservation, gender and science communication.
Having lived and worked across India, my fascination with wild animals strangely began in Cape Cod, USA at the age of 15. As a foreign exchange student, my preferred after school activity was to study radio collared urban coyotes. Back home in India, I lend a humanistic lens to stories about our natural world.
After completing my MA in Media and Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai), I have made several documentaries collaborating closely with scientists, wildlife biologists, social workers and government officials who dedicate their lives to wildlife conservation, public health, women's empowerment and child rights.
In 2018, a National Geographic grant supported me in documenting the rare and elusive Western Tragopan, considered a holy grail among birders and wildlife photographers. This grant culminated in a short film titled ‘The Jujurana’s Kingdom’, published on National Geographic.
Committed to sharing my love for lesser known species with a wider audience, I recently worked on a 10 part wildlife conservation series for broadcast called ‘On The Brink’, that showcases diverse species and habitats in India. As Assistant Director and cameraperson, I have filmed scientists and conservationists protecting critical habitats and Endangered or Vulnerable species including the Snow leopard, critically endangered Gharial, Olive Ridley turtles, the Indian Wolf, Hornbills, Bats and 3 critically endangered species of Vultures. The series also stars the world's most trafficked mammal, the Pangolin, and one of India's rarest primates, the Lion-tailed macaque.
I have completed ‘Covid response’, a 25 min film for National Geographic as an emergency fund recipient in 2020. In the first pandemic year, I also Directed a 15 min. documentary for The Snow Leopard Trust called ‘Ladakh Pashmina’ and another 15 min. film for Vice Asia about the famous Tibetan Poet and activist - Tenzin Tsundue.
I am currently directing a science docu-series for TV tentatively titled 'The Best of Indian Science'. Each of the films in the series will examine the discoveries of Indian scientists that have created an impact across India and the world.
‘An uncertain winter’, a 30 min film on climate change, is part of a global series titles ‘Voices from the roof of the world’. My episode from India focusses on how high altitude communities in Spiti and Ladakh are dealing with a lack of snowfall and melting glaciers.
With the Himalaya in my heart and new stories on my mind, I move where my projects take me.
For all practical purposes, I am based online.