We had the good fortune of connecting with Gaurang Bhat and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gaurang, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Well, the most important thing, I have learned over the years is to be humble & to work hard. I give my 200% on a project even if its a small project. I don’t think any project is small or big. you never know where that film might take you. The important thing is that you need to be kind & humble to create a positive environment all around. You cant bring your frustrations to work. A film is a collaborative effort and you need to have a positive environment to help it succeed. Be open to take criticism & also defend your vision. don’t compromise even in the face of armageddon. As an international filmmaker, it was not easy for me. There are thousands of people who come to America to make their dreams come true & Hollywood is a very competitive field. what is that you can do to succeed, to stand out in the crowd. I am sure everyone who comes might be really passionate filmmakers but you need to find of that niche where you can stand out. Take risks, build relationships, don’t burn any bridges and most importantly with some luck try to be at the right place, the right time to seize the opportunity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have actually been working since I was in India. At the age of 17, I started this journey by venturing and learning Animation. I have since then been more inclined towards live-action films in general. I have consulted on Docu tv shows in India as well as here like chef’s Table S6, Street Food Asia S1 & Home Game S1. Its been a wonderful experience. I have produced short films as well as commercials in India & US. My First directorial film was Sparsh Leprosy Mission which I produced as well has been a highlight as it was a project very dear to my heart. I started off working as a grip, I didn’t land these gigs right away. It took years to slowly build a body of work. It’s never easy in this industry and as an international filmmaker. It’s been harder because it’s like your starting off wiped slate in a different country where you don’t know anyone. The only thing that has helped me has been hard work & not letting circumstances take you down. I have seen a lot of my fellow filmmakers who have left the field altogether. It’s not just about passion, its also about patience. The only thing I would say is that it been a humbling journey. The two important things are to be kind & Hard work. I have learned it the hard way but I understand the importance of it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
That’s a fun question, I would definitely start with the Hollywood walk of fame & The Chinese Theatre. Take him through Mullholland Drive, hike to the Wisdom Tree & see the Hollywood sign & Griffith Observatory. A day touring Universal Citywalk & Universal studios. Might even take to Warner bros studio tour. You can’t miss the sunsets at Santa Monica pier & Point Dume in Malibu. LA has one of the best brunch places & nightlife with amazing rooftop bars, My favourite would be The Perch in Downtown.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would dedicate this to my parents, my partner & friends. They have been a constant support during my lows & highs. They have really supported me in all my endeavours and will continue to supports my dreams and aspirations. My father actually was skeptic about me joining the entertainment field but after Sparsh Leprosy Mission (Documentary) He realized and has supported me through and through. My partner has been my rock. She has always believed in my work & my ability to do something special. Not every day is fine & Dandy but the friends who support you during your lows are your true well-wishers.