Sandeep likes to call his cinema observed rather than learnt. And we know he says this despite his formal training at FTII, for he has had the best seat observing some of the finest film-makers assisting them after his time in Pune. From Ashutosh Gowariker to Rakeysh Mehra, from Ram Madhvani to Abhijeet Majumdar, Sandeep believes himself and his cinema has imbibed a small bit of all of these stalwarts.
Despite that, Sandeep’s voice in his films has always been his own. Shaped from his formative engineering college days, to street theatre to writing and travelling, he sees life, cinema and its narratives from his own viewing glasses (pun intended).
His educational short film ‘Best Friends Forever’ won him the prestigious National Film Award, 2015 while his debut short ‘Bilori’ had IDPA giving him the nod for Best Student Film of the year besides being awarded the Golden Pearl at the Hyderbad International Film Festival! His next evocative short 'Vanvaas' with a stellar cast including Piyush Mishra is currently doing the rounds of film festivals worldwide.
But of course, Sandeep is not the one to slot himself in a genre or format! Having made a mark with his cinema shorts, he has graduated to Commercials with films for UrbanLadder, Vistara and Dulux, while also directing the promotional Music Video for Ram’s film ‘Neerja’ besides designing and handling the films action climax.
If you happen to be at the long corridors of Famous and see a spectacled young man with greying hair and a plate full of vegetarian food standing by with a cackling gummy laugh, you would know you are Equinox. And yes, that’s him. That’s Sandeep.