What do Shelly Dhar, Nandan Shah, Ashray Dravidian and Vikas Patel all have in common? Well for starters they are all Award winning filmmakers who were born in India and are now living here in America. But of equal importance is the fact that they all went to school at the Motion Picture Institute here in Troy, Michigan.
Shelly Dhar who graduated in 2011 coproduced the $ 15 million dollar production Broken Horses for Reliance Entertainment and is currently making her feature directorial debut in India with major Bollywood actors Anil and Sonam Kapoor.
Nandan Shah who graduated in 2016 is producing major independent feature films . He's currently an Executive Producer for the sequel to STARZ / Anchor Bay's Mimesis (Sid Haig) that aired on Showtime Networks. Mimesis: Evolution costars Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Terminator) and is due out in 2018. In addition, he's the Overseas Distributor for the award winning Bollywood film, Wrong Side Raju, starring veteran actor Pratik Gandhi that recently completed a successful US theatrical release.
Ashray Dravidian attended art school in India before coming to America and enrolling in the Motion Picture Institute. He graduated in 2014 and since attending Ashray's short film work has amassed numerous awards in nationally recognized film festivals. Ashray is currently completing a new dramatic film on the Holocaust and was commissioned to direct 'Nirvana' a Kannada short film based on a story by Vivek Shanbhag.
Vikas Patel is the newest Indian-American filmmaker having graduated in 2017 and his film Patiently Faithful just received the jurors award at the 51st Houston International Film Fest.
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