It was an epiphany in a math class while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in computer science at university when Karan Anshuman realized, quite suddenly (but to no surprise to those who knew him), “I don’t understand numbers.”
He tried varied subjects from Astronomy to Art History before deciding to seek a film major. A coming-of-age moment, if you will. Like The Graduate, except literally and without the sex.
Next, he was back in Bombay participating in this new quiet revolution taking place called “digital cinema”. His first short, Elevator Etiquette, was a pure digital format film – possibly the first of its kind in India – that premiered at the Digital Talkies festival. The next short – Bhaichara – was invited to the Berlinale Shorts Workshop. He also directed ad and corporate films for ICICI Prudential, Bombay Dyeing, MCX, and Cien Water Filters and other public service films. He worked with Saeed MIrza on multiple docu, feature, and book projects and also wrote for television.
Besides filmmaking, Karan is the co-founder of two digital initiatives: he is the creative director of Dreamscape Media, an award-winning web and mobile development agency; and co-creator of Upperstall.com, a film portal that takes a serious look at Indian cinema and rated by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 3 entertainment websites in the world.
Before signing up as a director with Excel Entertainment for Bangistan starring Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat, Karan was the film critic for Mumbai Mirror for an eventful 3 years, watching and writing on every film release.