Kamal Sadanah

Kamal Sadanah

The Pre Production Company/ Kamal Sadanah Productions

Director, studio coordinator and actor in Mumbai, India

About Kamal


My father was a filmmaker of repute and success. Part of my education was seeing all kinds of films. By the time I was 16, I was an assistant director, by age 21, I was launched into movies as an actor and stardom followed. There is no high more addictive than adulation, I enjoyed my success as an actor for a while but with exposure to more and newer cinema I quickly grew bored with the storytelling style the Indian cinema was evolving into. I quit my job and wandered, physically and mentally. By 2004 I was itching to be heard and restless to add visual to my thoughts. I experimented with an interesting self-financed indie film, which represented the way I see the new strong Indian woman. The inspiration to write something of this nature came from how I saw the male hypocrisy around me and the response from the protagonist played by the female lead was based on some extraordinary traits I saw in the woman I love. The film's exhibitory life was limited to a screening in a couple of festivals. Soon I put together a script, which was a remake of a very successful film my father made in the 70s. It was a robbery film with interesting characters. I decided to produce the film and in a short span of time put together a team of technicians and actors. Strategically planned and made in a time frame and under budget, the film left me small profit before release. What next?
Roar was only a 3-page draft when I first talked about it to Abis. Abis Rizvi and I have been childhood friends. An avid filmgoer, he has the uncanny ability to breakdown, differentiate and critically analyze the story, the screenplay and the execution of a film. From the first mention of this tiger based drama he was hooked and we spent the next few months discussing Roar. Soon we had the script in our hands but it was only a very basic version because the extent to our knowledge of the Sunderbans was limited to information available on the Internet. But what we never realized was that this seed in our head had taken root and Roar was already beginning to break into life.
The first time I was exposed to a well designed Previz was when Red Chilies VFX generated a sequence for my film ‘Roar – Tigers of the Sunderbans’ I quickly realized the value and the benefits of a previz. My film required the Tigers to be trained and filmed in Los Angles, the Cubs in Thailand and the Actors in the Sunderbans. Using the previz we were able to plan and execute the film. The VFX for “Roar” was eventually designed and executed by “Anibrain”, a Pune based company who work with the top Hollywood studios. At Anibrain I was introduced to another VFX company they work closely with called Frame Store. The VFX producer of Frame Store was in Pune en route to the Oscar awards for Gravity. He was kind enough to expose me to the most interesting process undertaken to make the film. And it all began with the Previz.
The kind of films I choose to make usually involve complex scenes and characters that are very dependent on the use of visual effects. My films require a lot of research, clarity and extensive storyboarding. Having boarded some of the sequences I started speaking to various studios to make a previz for me. At that time I had limited resources and could not afford to pay the exorbitant price to make a previz. Besides the cost, the time most VFX companies proposed was 4-6 weeks for a 3-minute previz sequence. This was just not workable. Gigi George, my storyboard artist and a dear friend, who I worked closely with since “Roar” introduced me to some new software that could generate the previz at shockingly low costs. The software was very responsive and a filmmaker could make changes, try an array of lenses, and add dialogue tracks in lip sync - all at the push of a few keys and click of a mouse. This was the turning point for me. It didn’t take me too long to decide to invest into this technology. I wanted other filmmakers to benefit from this as well so I decided to open a studio offering these services.I decided to keeps our overheads low and tech high enabling us to bring down the cost substantially to generate storyboards and Previz. At the PPC our goal is to give filmmakers clarity in storytelling and an advantage in order to bring their production cost down.


Name: Kamal Sadanah

Lives in: Mumbai, India

Company: The Pre Production Company/ Kamal Sadanah Productions

Occupation: Director, Studio Coordinator, Actor and Producer

Awards

  • FICCI
    (2015)

Projects

  • Roar

    Roar (2014)
    Film by Kamal Sadanah (Action, Adventure and Thriller) Director, Writer, Editor, Production designer After his photojournalist brother gets killed by a white tigress in the jungles of the Sundarbans, Pandit and his team of commandos enter the prohibited core area of the forest to avenge his death.

  • Victoria No. 203: Diamonds Are Forever

    Victoria No. 203: Diamonds Are Forever (2007)
    Film by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan (Comedy, Crime, Mystery and Thriller) Actor, Producer Widower Raman lives a poor lifestyle in Mumbai, India, along with two daughters, Tara, who is mature, and Seema, who is still a minor. Raman makes a living driving a horse carriage (Victoria) bearing the number 203. One night a woman who has been stabbed comes to him for assistance, he decides to take her to the hospital, but on the way he is stopped at a Police Checkpoint. The Police inspect the Victoria, find the injured passenger, take her to hospital, and arrest Raman. Subsequently the injured woman passes away in hospital and Raman with charged with Murder. A devastated Tara dons the garb of a male and drives the Victoria to make a living. What Tara does not know that their family-owned Victoria will soon become the focus of attention of two ex-convicts, Raja and Rana; a diamond appraiser, Jimmy, who is not who he claims to be; a dangerous underworld don, Bobby Bombatta and his girlfriend, Devyani, as well as other gangsters - who will do anything in their power to possess the ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

  • Kasamh Se

    Kasamh Se (2006)
    Television (Drama) Actor An Ekta Kapoor Serial that deals with the trials and tribulations of three sisters, Bani, Pia and Rano.

  • Karkash

    Karkash (2005)
    Film by Kamal Sadanah (Drama) Director In a rural village, a man suspects his wife of infidelity, leading him to test her faithfulness with the help of some Pandits.

  • Kaali Topi Lal Rumaal

    Kaali Topi Lal Rumaal (2000)
    Film by Vijay Reddy (Action, Crime and Drama) Actor Vijay lives a poor lifestyle in India along with his widowed mom and brother, Raja. When their mom become seriously ill, they do not have money to pay for her medicines, Raja steals some money much to the chagrin of Vijay, who beats him and asks him to leave, but he is unable to save his mother. He decides to return the stolen money but finds the recipient, also named Vijay, has killed himself, leaving behind his near-destitute mother and a sister, Shalu. When told about her son's passing, the mother has a seizure and is hospitalized. When she recovers Vijay decides to not tell her about her son's passing and becomes her son instead. He joins the army and becomes a Commando. He single=handedly captures a terrorist, Master D.D., and holds him in a cell. Vijay then meets with Mohini and gets married to her. What Vijay does not know is that Master D.D. is but a mere pawn, the real kingpin behind this gang is an unknown assailant known only as Kaali Topi Laal Rumaal; that Raja, who has ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

  • Jaalsaaz

    Jaalsaaz (1999)
    Film by Shiv Kumar (Thriller) Actor

  • Mohabbat Aur Jung

    Mohabbat Aur Jung (1998)
    Film by Hameed Alam (Action) Actor Vicky studies in a college in Bombay, and is quite popular with his fellow-students. His fight is against other students, like Bobby and Shakti, who distribute drugs and molest young women at will, without being disciplined by the college authorities. This places Vicky in the bad books of the college, and leads to a students' strike and the involvement of the police. The next day, the college principal, Rajni Bhargav, is found dead, and the police arrest Vicky as they have evidence against him. Vicky's is in more trouble than he thought he would be in as the principal's son is a Police Inspector, Karan, who has sworn to beat the life out of Vicky, as well as sent him to the gallows. Vicky claims he is innocent to no avail. And the only way he can prove his innocence is by escaping from his cell - but that will only enrage Karan as well as make him look even more guilty in the eyes of the law. Vicky has to now to chose between the two and attempt to redeem himself. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

  • Nirnayak

    Nirnayak (1997)
    Film by Anil Wasia Actor Neelam, the beauty queen of the law college is a mischievious girl by nature. She likes to take up challenges... See full synopsis »

  • Angaara

    Angaara (1996)
    Film by Anil Ganguly Actor Sagar is a young man who lives with his mom, Saraswati, a college-going brother, Vishal, and a school-going sister, Chutki, in a town in India. His father had abandoned them years ago and his whereabouts are unknown. Also unknown to his family, Sagar uses different disguises to steal money and jewelery from Dhaniram Koilewala, and a illicit liquor supplier, Pascal. A perplexed Dhaniram and irritated Pascal asks a gangster, Honda Dada, for help. Honda assigns two men for this job, Chotu and Jackie, and they find out that the person who has been pulling these tricks is an older male with a mustache, who continues to elude them at will. Then Sagar comes across a man named Om Prakash who tells him that his father is still alive, and he would be willing to take him along to meet him. Sagar dislikes his father, but decides to accompany Om Prakash. Sagar will soon find out that Om has an ulterior motive, but by that time it will be too late, and he will find that not only his life. but the ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

  • Hum Hain Premi

    Hum Hain Premi (1996)
    Film by Ajay Dixit (Romance) Actor

  • Rock Dancer

    Rock Dancer (1995)
    Film by Memon Roy (Musical) Actor A female dancer is injured and her sister gets trained to take over from her. Lots of songs, comic scenes, and the bad guys galore.

  • Hum Sab Chor Hain

    Hum Sab Chor Hain (1995)
    Film by Ambrish Sangal (Musical) Actor In order to avenge the killings of his family members at the hands of four outlaws, Chakradhar, Bhootnath, Nainsukh and Hunterwala; Kamal Verma takes the assistance of Vijay Kumar - Vijay is a modern day Robin Hood, who rob money and jewelery from the rich and distributes it to the poor. While Kamal's older Assistant Commissioner of Police brother, Ravi will not permit him to break the law similarly he will leave no stone unturned in arresting Robin Hood. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

  • Baali Umar Ko Salaam

    Baali Umar Ko Salaam (1994)
    Film by Vasant R. Patel (Action, Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actor Rahul lives a wealthy lifestyle in Mumbai along with his dad, Banwarilal Ansimal and mom, and is a big disappointment to his parents. They want him to get married, he refuses, and gets grounded. Shortly thereafter, Banwarilal finds out Rahul has managed to escape, and launches a search for him. A few months later, Rahul telephones his mother, that he is alive and well, and has found a sweetheart, Nikita, who he wants to marry. His mother accepts this and wants him to return home immediately. Neither know that Banwarilal does not approve of his son choosing a bride on his own, and has already made arrangements with his wealthy Himachal Pradesh-based childhood friend, Jaalan, for Rahul's marriage. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

  • Fauj

    Fauj (1994)
    Film by Ashok Gaekwad (Action) Actor

  • Rang

    Rang (1993)
    Film by Talat Jani Actor Although Suchitra has been marry to Madhav Singh for years she has always been conscious about maintaining a slim figure which in her believe will make her look young. She watched helplessly as her only daughter, Indu get married without her consent to Ajay Malhotra while both are proud parents to two daughters, Pooja and Kaajal. Suchitra and Indu manage a business but there methods of exploiting workers are unacceptable to Ajay who decides to leave the house with Pooja. Years later Ajay return and is now elected as the managing director of the business only to invite the wrath of his mother-in-law and estranged wife. While Kaajal have matured and is in love with her fellow collegian, Yogi Joshi - unknown to her that Pooja also have feelings for Yogi - it is this love triangle that will bring the two sisters face to face with their parents changing lives forever. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

  • Bekhudi

    Bekhudi (1992)
    Film by Rahul Rawail (Action, Crime and Drama) Actor Radhika wants to get married to her parents choice in Canada, Vicky, to which she agrees. All is well for both of them to get married when Radhika pays a visit to Canada but she meets up with Rohit and both is attracted to each other much to the dislikeness of Radhika's parents and Vicky himself. All three of them conspire to force Radhika to get married to Vicky and for this they decides to hatch a plan. What will be the plan? Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

  • C.I.D.

    C.I.D. (1990)
    Film by Ajay Goel (Action and Drama) Producer C.I.D. Inspector Veer( Vinod Khanna) wages war against organized crime. His nemesis is Roshan Lala (Kiran Kumar) the overlord of the drug and gold smuggling racket in India. So dangerous a man Roshan is Roshan Lala that no witness has ever dared to come forward to give evidence against him in court. Frustrated by the lack of evidence and witness needed to convict Roshan Lala, Inspector Veer manages to infiltrate a young undercover officer Raksha (Juhi Chawla) into Roshan Lala's organization. However she is soon discovered to a Police officer and ruthless shot down by Roshan in a deserted street. Fatefully, this murder is witness by Mr. & Mrs. Saxena a respectable middle aged couple whose only daughter Meghna is engaged to be married to Inspector Veer. Is Roshan Lala successful in his design? Does Inspector Veer convict Roshan Lala or does he lose his beloved forever? Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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