Aseem Bajaj (formerly known as Ashim Prakash Bajaj) is an Indian Cinematographer. Born in Bihar, India to the academician, theatre director and ex-director of National School of Drama –
Ram Gopal Bajaj
, Aseem completed his schooling in 1993. He was greatly blessed to be born in the house of a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1996) and Padma Shri winner (2003). Aseem is fondly referred to as Guddu or Bajju in the film industry.
He started his career by working in theatre under the banner ‘Nirmaan Kala Manch’ for two years. He worked in renowned plays during this short time like Jasma Odhan, Bakri, Bidesia, etc. In 1992 he trained to become a stage manager in National School of Drama,
for three months. He also started his work in the area of lighting, acting, backstage work and music composition under the theatre group Act One for two years. In this time, he recreated plays like Galileo, Incident at Vichy, West Side Story, etc. under the guidance of Ashok Bhagat. He soon started working on commercials with Ajay Devgn,
, Rajesh Krishan.
According to him, it is the imagination, not the apparatus that creates worthwhile cinema. He proved his words in many of his works like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi,
, Chameli, Jo Bole So Nihaal, Shabd, Golmaal,
, God Tussi Great Ho, etc. He married Leena Yadav in 2001 and has worked with her in her film Parched. He did a lot of television shows with her as well. Some of them were – This Week That Year, Dead End, Picture This and Lakeeren.
His recent projects were – Oh My God (OMG), Bodyguard,
Love Breakups Zindagi
, Son of Sardaar and Shivaay. One of his biggest breakthroughs was when he became a member of Western India Cinematographers Association [WICA] and Guild of British Camera Technicians [GBCT]. He was also a member of the jury of the Filmfare Awards 2007 and 2009. He has been rewarded with multiple awards in his career so far.
Asia Image Award for Best Cinematography in 2001, Filmfare for the same in 2003, International Indian Film Academy Award for Cinematography in 2005 and Asian International First Film Festival gave him the Swarovski Trophy for Best Cinematography. He also received an award for Best Short Film for a movie that he produced - The World in Short at Salento International Film Festival, Italy.