Mitesh Mirchandani, ISC
Mitesh Mirchandani is one of India’s young and versatile cinematographers. The avid basketball player has a unique leg up when dealing with the art of Filmmaking. His years on the court has taught him the importance of collaboration and team work.
Growing up in Mumbai, he was close to and keen on the world of 'Movies'. He got an opportunity to work as a Set PA on an American miniseries for HBO. This is where he realised how important a role, the Cinematographer plays on set.The following year, he enrolled at the New York Film Academy (NYFA). He came back and worked his way up the ranks. In the same year that he got his first Independent assignment as DP on a regional independent feature film called ‘Vakratunda Mahakaaya’. He followed this up with the heartfelt comedy ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’, all this at the young age of 21. He then started shooting commercials and worked with some of the most reputed production houses. The journey had begun..
His work in advertising led him to meeting ad-filmmaker Ram Madhvani, who offered Mitesh his upcoming feature film - a biographical drama ‘Neerja’ (2016). Mitesh used a multi-camera setup, available light, hand-held camera and wide-angle lenses for achieving claustrophobia and an immersive visual style. The movie and his work was highly lauded, earning him a Filmfare award for Best Cinematography (2016).
An Indian Air Force commercial he shot caught the eye of Producer Sonia Kanwar, who passed his work on to debut director, Aditya Dhar which led to his next film ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ (2019). The film boasts of action sequences rarely seen in Indian cinema adding a unique & strong visual treatment to this multiple National award-winning movie. Young Mitesh delivered a very mature film with muted tones and sophisticated imagery. The duo is in works to create their next epic action/adventure ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’. Mitesh also shot a short film segment (Ice-Cream) for one of India’s leading directors, Karan Johar in the anthology ‘Lust Stories’ in 2018 for Netflix. Mitesh is among the emerging talents in the Indian Cinematography firmament.