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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.
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