Spearheading into the field of direction with new wave films

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Mohan Das

MUMBAI, JAN 31-Mohan Das – Producer, Editor and now venturing into commercial direction with his latest offering KUCH ALAGSA under his own banner Eon Films entered the world of films with a short film MAIN KAUN HOON on national integration for Doordarshan’s most prestigious wing Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad.

Armed with a degree in Financial Management and courses in advertising and journalism, the direction bug bit Mohan Das after a chance meeting with the late director Hrishikesh Mukherjee. He started off assisting him in the serial “Agar Aisa Ho Toh” and later having made an impressionable mark, co-produced “Daughters of this Century” that was directed by Tapan Sinha.  He also assisted him in the making of this film. An opening film in the Indian Panorama “IFFI 97” it boasted of a cast ensemble of greats like Shabana Azmi, Jaya Bachhan, Deepa Sahi, Nandita Das, Debashree Roy and others. This film later also went to a number of prestigious film festivals including MAMI, Cairo International Film Festival and many others. Thereafter, he co-directed a short film “Main Kaun Hoon” on national integration for Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad , one of the most prestigious wings of Doordarshan.

Having worked with the best, Mohan Das floated “Eon Films” end 2009 to cater to the regional film market and made two Bhojpuri Feature Films “Saawariya I Love U” & “Ghulam”. He also co-produced a Hindi feature film “Strings of Passion” starring Zeenat Aman, Indrani Halder, Rajesh Sharma, Avalok Nagpal, Shubh and directed by Sanghamitra Chaudhuri. Winner of several awards, this film deals with the controversial subject of male rape.

After considerable experience, Mohan Das ventured into direction with this Hindi crossover film “Kuch Alagsa” or “Salt & Light” – a curious movie experiment that works on the dynamics of weaving 5 short films into a feature film. He also directed a short film “Open the Door” that sends a message across to people asking them to open the doors of their mind towards the girl child and give it a wider acceptance. Mohan’s next is a Kashmiri docu-feature “Pragaash” planned to be shot  the same in the valley that traces the reason and the disappearance of the first all girl band in the valley after being issued fatwa by the Mufti.

Having considerable experience in the field of film making, it was an obvious choice to be invited on Jury of many a film festivals that include Imphal International Short Film Festival, Cortokino International Film Festival, Aahan International Film Festival and now, Frames. He is also the festival direcfor to Imphal International Short Film Festival, Lakecity International Short Film Festival, City of Joy International Film Festival and others.

Basically a very simple and down to earth person, Mohan firmly believes in karma, and also believes in playing the odds. He believes in an unknown author’s quote “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” Mohan’s free time is spent reading, travelling and experimenting with cooking. Apart from film making, Mohan Das is also the editor of a magazine called Labels India, a pioneer magazine in the labels, converting and package decoration industry in Asia which highlights the trends, technologies and developments in the label printing industry.


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