Gyan Sahay is a renowned director of photography in many acclaimed TV series and documentaries too. He worked as an assistant to Govind Nihalani and even V.K. Murthy. The actor hails from Patna. He had the passion for the camera work and did casual photography. But his deep interest took him to Pune Film and Television Institute where he did his degree.

After his graduation, he landed up in Doordarshan where he worked as a casual stint photographer. But he did not continue in Doordarshan nd he left the job and went back to Pune where he joined an FTII institute. His salary was Rs 900 and thus, every weekend he used to meet movie veterans in Mumbai. Thus, Gyan Sahay came across Govind Nihalani who has been an assistant to V K Murthy (cinematographer of Guru Dutt’s 'Pyasa'). Nihalani took a test for Gyan and had kept him under his training for 5 years. During this time, he became an assistant cameraman to Shyam Benegal’s project ‘ Bhumika’ while performing the camera work, he understood the basic concepts of movie shots which were 'semi color' and even 'color' shots.

After this Shyam Benegal’s project, Gyan got to shoot some scene in Richard Attenborough’s ‘ Gandhi’ where he worked as a second unit cameraman. It was a period when many TV serials were shot for Doordarshan and he came closer to the filming of some noted TV serials. He understood the role of 'multiple–camera' shots and eventually became a knowledgeable cameraman for 'multiple-camera' set-ups. His first TV serial was ‘ Dekh Bhai Dekh’ and his name appeared on the TV screen with credits being shown to Gyan Sahay. Soon he shot some reality program show for Doordarshan such as ‘SA RE GA MA’ and even ‘ Meri Awaz Suno’.

Later, he progressed to Bhojpuri cinema world and even became an ultimate producer for a TV show ’Nanhi Si kali’ which was telecast on Doordarshan. Gyan also worked as an assistant cameraman for two prominent Hindi movies ‘ Vijeta’ and ‘Kalyug’.

Priya Seth

Priya Seth is an Indian cinematographer working in the Indian film industry. Before foraying into films she spent years in making ad films. The first feature film that she shot for was Raja Menon’s 2009 indie film, Barah Aana. Priya studied economics in college and later took up a six-month course in filmmaking in New York. That was where she realized she wanted to be part of this whole image making exercise and chose cinematography. Starting her career with ad films, her experience of more than 18 years has given her the privilege to work with highly reputed brands like Pears, Parachute, Dove, Café Coffee Day and a lot more. She has assisted director Raja Menon on many of them, her first being for the car company Ford. She has also worked with critically acclaimed actress Nimrat Kaur in one of her music videos. After working with Raja Menon for Barah Aana in 2009, she came on board as a cinematographer for the 2016 super hit movie Airlift almost a year after everyone. The producers were skeptical of having her on the team, but Raja Menon fought with the producers and convinced them to hire her. Airlift which was based on the evacuation of one lakh seventy thousand Indians from Kuwait when Iraq invaded the city nation in August 1990, provided her the opportunity to showcase her talent on a huge canvas and she grabbed it with both hands. She received tremendous praise and compliments for her camerawork in the movie. Seth is one of the few female cinematographers in India today who is making her mark by doing quality work and giving her male counterparts a run for their money. She still considers advertising very close to her heart. As she says— “We are image makers at the end of the day.”

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Priya Seth Hindi Actress