A. K. Bir

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A K Bir is a renowned director – cinematographer. He received a Diploma in Cinematography from FTII, Pune in 1969. He shot and directed a number of advertising, short and documentary films and won a number of awards for them including from IDPA and Cannes. A K Bir also handled camera in the first unit of the Oscar winning film Gandhi. Six of his feature films which he has scripted, photographed and directed have won national awards for the best film. He has won three national awards for best cinematography. Some of his awards winning films are – Adi Mimamsa, Lavanya Preeti, Aranyaka, Shesha Drushti (as director) and 27 Down, Daasi & Adi Mimansa (as Cinematographer). A K Bir also teaches at the FTII, Pune and SRFTI, Kolkata as an External Expert and Guest Lecturer. He has served as a member of Jury of many international film festivals including Berlin International Film Festival (children’s section), MIFF, ICFF, Lucknow and also was Chairman of the National Award Jury (Non-feature).