Kabir Mehta studied at the Lawrence School, Sanawar- a boarding school nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Always a devoted cinephile, Kabir was encouraged to pursue filmmaking professionally after unexpectedly winning a filmmaking competition organised by the Delhi University while he was studying Economics.
In his early twenties, feeling an uneasy sense of disconnection towards his own country, he set out to travel across India; filming and soaking in its rich, intriguing diversity. An encounter with director, Ashim Ahluwalia led him to Mumbai where he worked with the auteur filmmaker on feature films as well as groundbreaking avant-garde cinema.
Kabir Mehta has since gone on to produce and direct his own work. His docufiction film titled Sadhu In Bombay premiered at the 29th European Media Art Festival where it won the ‘EMAF Award’ for best film. The film had its North American premiere at Slamdance Film Festival and subsequently won the award for Best Narrative Film at the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Kabir is currently finishing post-production on his feature documentary titled Buddha.gram, which recently won the Facebook Award at NFDC Film Bazaar 2016. He is also selected to develop his fiction feature film project, Showdots, at Le Groupe Oust’s LIM platform – the European development programme for limited budget feature films.