Zanane Rajsingh (born 15 March 1988) is an Indian Film maker who dared to dream, made a few short films and got critically acclaimed internationally. His films have won him a Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2013, Ignite Short Film Festival 2012, Chemozale India 2011 and many more. He is a founder of COLOR – The Film, Music and Art Festival which is Gujarat’s one of its kind festival dedicated to promote youth interested in Films, Music and Photography. He is also an Ad Film maker working with several brands in India.
EARLY LIFE & EDUCATION
Zanane, who has his roots in the small town of Maharashtra, was born and raised in Kolhapur where his mother was a teacher at St. Xaviers School while his father worked as a logistics manager in a company which makes furnaces in India. He was the second child born in his family. His elder brother later worked for a leading network service providing company and the youngest brother works in an Italian origin firm in Dubai. Due to his fathers transfers from one city to other Zanane was brought to Ahmedabad where he studied in Tulip International School and later did his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Bhavans College.
In 2009 Zanane moved to Pune to work for a MNC where he continued working till 2011. But there was something missing in his 6 pm to 3 am corporate job! While he was searching for the missing link, the unfortunate German Bakery Bomb Blast happened. The lively, most cosmopolitan place of many including him was brought down in flames in a matter of a few seconds killing several innocents!
This incident scared his faith in humanity. At this juncture of his life he discovered his passion in life! Film making was his calling! He left the job and came back in his city- Ahmedabad. Following his new found passion, he made his first film, A Candle Light Event based on the German Bakery Blast which garnered a lot of appreciation from everyone who saw it and an award as the Best Film in Chemozale 2011 held in Nirma University.
He took his passion a step further by launching his production house, ZR Productions! Under his home banner, he directed and produced another film, Ashru-Tears in heaven. ZR Productions believe in making films that mirror the present society. And Ashru stood true to this philosophy as it revolved around a couple in love surviving cancer. As a budding film maker he felt rewarded when Ashru was screened at Shamiana, Ahmedabad on 23rd Sept 2011 for packed audience at Natarani Amphitheatre! "The sound of applause still echoes in my head! And words of Cyrus Dastur (Founder of Shamiana India) - “We are proud of you!” are my source of motivation" - says Zanane.
Later, ZR Productions formed a Team “NAAD” for Ahmedabad Film Project i.e. 48 Hour Film competition and they successfully made a film called “Anurupata” based on the theme- Small Things In Life which was conditioned to be shot in the Walled City (Old Ahmedabad).
By the end of the most beautiful year of his life i.e. Dec2011, he participated in 6th Ahmedabad Peace Film Festival and made a film called “Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar”. Sell Rumor but Buy Truth is the basis of the film and it talked about spreading Love, Peace and Harmony by giving Free Hugs in the whole city of Ahmedabad. The film was critically praised and was a Facebook sensation with over 500 shares in a single day.
After making series of social films and documentaries, Zanane decided to take up a script which did not have any social message but was a complete fiction with a genre of Psychological triller called "हस्तकला" - An Art of Hand. Hastkala premiered at Shamiana Short Films Club and received an over whelming response with capacity of over 750 people. The film got Zanane a Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Best Screenplay . The short film now is short listed for a few competition nationally and internationally.
“KHONE DE – A Story of every Nirbhaya” happened quick for him and Binny Sharma who has written, composed and sung the song. With their angered feelings towards the saddened Delhi Rape Case, they tried to question the mentality of Humans by not passing any Judgment or being diplomatic or by targeting the government or the people involved.
The video has won Best Music Video at Ignite Short Film Festival and has been shortlisted for Lakecity International Film Festival. It has been screened at various NGO events, Women’s Peace Film Festival like The Cinema of Resistance by Mallika Sarabhai, Ahmedabad Rising etc. and so he wishes to put it forward to some Competitive film festivals to spread the message because he supports the Cause.
COLOR – The Film,Music and Art Festival 2013 – www.color-fest.com
Ahmedabad is known for its colorful festivals and so Zanane founded COLOR - The Film, Music and Art Festival based in Ahmedabad-India, which seeks to involve audiences in a full range of cultural opportunities, combining film, music and art into year-round events designed to cross-promote the works of filmmakers, musicians and artists to new audiences.
He is now a CEO of Whistling Entertainment - A Whistling Group venture.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
• CHEMOZALE INDIA 2011 - (Winner ) BEST FILM for "A Candle Light Event"
• TEDxMICA 2011 - Special screening of "A Candle Light Event
• Re-Think India 2011 - Nomination for "Ashru - Tears in Heaven"
• AFP 2011 - Successfully completed "Anurupata" in 48 hr. film project
• Iginte Short Film Festival 2012 - (Winner) Best Music Video for "Khone De"
• Lakecity International Film Festival 2013 - Nomination for "Khone De"
• Cinema Of Resistance 2013 - Special screening of "Khone De"
• Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2013 - (Winner) Best Screenplay for "Hastkala"
• Lakecity International Film Festival 2013 - Official selection as Best Film for "Hastkala"
• Imphal International Film Festival 2013 - Official selection as Best Film for "Hastkala"
• Founder - Color - The Film, Music and Art Festival.
• A Candle Light Event 2011
• Ashru - Tears in Heaven 2011
• Anurupata 2011
• Aaj ki Taaza Khabar 2011
• Hastkala - An art of hand 2012
• Khone De - A story of every Nirbhaya 2013
Zanane Rajsingh Productions & COLOR – The Film, Music and Art Festival
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