SVA Alumnus Shubhashish Bhutiani Makes Forbes India's '30 Under 30' List
February 16, 2017
From Forbes India: “While studying at a boarding school in Mussoorie, stealing time to watch films—both Hollywood and Bollywood—was Shubhashish Bhutiani’s way of beating boredom.
Encouraging his pursuit, a teacher introduced him to world cinema and, by the age of 16, he was watching three films a day, and clear about his calling.
Mumbai-based Bhutiani was just 21 when he wrote and directed Kush, his thesis film for his undergraduate course at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Set against the backdrop of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the 25-minute film showcased his sensitivity and craftsmanship. It also won him several laurels: An award at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival, the National Film Award for Best Promotional Film (2013) and over 25 international awards. Kush was even shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
Bhutiani, 25, is now ready with his debut feature film, Mukti Bhawan, a comedy-drama that explores issues like death and relationships. He gets goosebumps when he recalls the 10-minute standing ovation the film got at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival, but is not surprised by its universal appeal…” (continue reading)