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Niyantha Shekar is an award-winning filmmaker based in Mumbai who's directed documentaries, ads and branded content for clients like Netflix, Red Bull, Vice, OnePlus, Google, Vogue, Disney, Man City and more. His work's won a Webby, Kyoorius 'Blue Elephant' and CCSSA 'Best Unscripted Series' award and has been featured by Tribeca, National Geographic, MUBI, The Atlantic & Digiday.
He's passionate about narrative non-fiction and has written and directed two award-winning documentary series for Red Bull – 'The Mind Behind' and 'This is My Hood' – and was the Content Director for Red Bull Spotlight, a multi-episode hip-hop show for MXPlayer. During the 2020 lockdown, he wrote and remotely directed 'Behind the Mask', a five-episode Discovery Plus doc-series for Vogue, GQ & Myntra featuring India's top fashion designers.
On the independent front, he's directed Raqs-e-Inquilab, which looks at the role of art in conflict-ridden Kashmir, and Baraf, which explores a day in the life of Mumbai's ice workers.
He has a strong content & product background, having previously led efforts at Virtual Bharat, Microsoft, and Nazar Magazine, and he's written for publications like ESPNCricinfo and The Hindu.
You can reach out to him at niyantha@outlook.com.
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