The movie editor for new generation story tellers: Hemal Kothari has to his name a number of top films. His journey from being the miscellaneous crew to one calling shots is immensely motivational. In 2001, Chandani Bar rocked the theater and so did he. A lover of felines, he is a proud owner of one too. He is a close friend of Harry Hingorani, chief creative officer of Red Chilies Entertainment (
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan's brainchild). He likes Anand L. Rai (Hindi movie director and producer) and Aparitam Khare (Writer). He believes that the youth of today lack knowledge imbibed in literature.
He asserts an editor never receives formal training apart from on the job skills. He states that the field is still in nascent phase as only now director of the production understands the contribution of the profession. He shares the mindset of earlier houses that doubled up as editor. He also states that his constant quest for better content caused him to make cuts in the filmed scene. He states that out of all the content shot and provided, he had just 1.5 hours of relevant footage, causing reshoot.
His idea is that the young minds are overwhelmed by technology and are rarely ready to understand the fine details of the art. He rues the lack of patience is a cause altering industry dynamics. He shot the trailer for
Tanu Weds Manu himself after rejecting 17 other trailers shot. He appreciated Raj Kumar Hirani's efforts in training and development during the Chandani Bar. He was the first user of Avid24. His idol is
Renu Saluja whom he believes to be the professional flag bearer. This Kolkata guy is 35 films old and undertook the first job at the young age of 15.
As a junior production assistant, he was surely a ticking success bomb. From working with likes of
Simi Garewal to MTV and
Swara Bhaskar to TV18, he is anywhere and everywhere. He won Filmfare for Best editing in the movie: Tanu Weds Manu and has worked on its sequel.
Arbaaz Khan (Director) lists him as his trusted guy. Hemal's guru is
Hansal Mehta with whom he has done both editing and association. He works under the banner: Colour Yellow Pictures Pvt LTD. The studio started in 2008 and remains favorite amongst the film fraternity. It’s this studio that received accolades for its work in Dhanush and
Sonam Kapoor starrer Ranjhanaa. His assignments range from Danbangg series, Hari Puttar,
Bobby Jasoos, Ramayyia Vastavayyia,
Acid Factory, Speed, Gang of Ghosts and variety of musicals as well.