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Anand Gandhi

Data de nascimento: 26. Setembro 1980

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Anand Gandhi is an Indian filmmaker, entrepreneur, media producer, innovator and systems researcher. He is also the founder/CEO of the Mumbai-based new media studio and systems think tank Memesys Culture Lab. He is best known for his contribution towards the popular daily soap Kyunki saas bhi kabhi Bahu thi and Helicopter Eela. His debut feature film Ship of Theseus , which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival won the National Film Award for Best Picture.Gandhi's second film 'Tumbbad' opened the Critics' Week at the 75th Venice Film Festival, and is scheduled for an early October release, presented by the filmmaker Aanand L. Rai.

In 2017, he produced An Insignificant Man – a nonfiction thriller directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla on the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party in India. It was released to widespread international and domestic acclaim. The film was picked up by Vice for International distribution.Actor and producer Ajay Devgn bought rights to Gandhi's play Beta Kaagdo. It is being made into a feature film titled 'Helicopter Eela', starring Bollywood actress Kajol. Gandhi is also the co-creator of ElseVR, India’s first virtual reality platform aiming to bring “extraordinary and urgent stories” to the digital mainstream.

Gandhi delivered his INK Talk at the annual INK conference in 2013 where he enumerated his motivations behind making films while expounding on the role of memes in choice-creation. He was a mentor at the Xprize Visioneers 2016 Summit, an annual gathering of the Xprize enterprise, a leading global non-profit dedicated to encouraging “radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity” through incentivized prize competitions.While on the steering committee of the 48th International Film Festival of India , Gandhi served as the creative director of the new VR chapter of the festival.

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„One singular aspiration in all my work is to attain the state of awe.“

—  Anand Gandhi
Context: One singular aspiration in all my work is to attain the state of awe. And what is awe? Awe is when you come across something that is infinitely complex and inexplicable by all your memory and thought systems — and yet comprehensible in a singular gasp of experience. It is an incredibly important emotion for me - the inexplicable is an invitation to engage with the cosmic void that humanity has been in a constant dialogue with for 250,000 years. And for the longest time, the void hasn’t answered back. In the last century, we have steadily found relevant answers, exponentially accumulating and organising into a more holistic meaning. A century ago the narrative was (and it still is, in many places) that if we probe too much into our universe and selves, we would lose out on our capacity of wonder, but exactly the reverse that has happened. When we’ve looked into the molecule we found the atom and when we looked into the atom we found the electron and when we’ve looked at the electron we have experienced sheer awe at its quantum probabilistic nature. So each time the scope of awe has expanded— expanding with it, our foresight, worldview and free will — for me, a film has to grasp that, and translate that experience. In response to the question about Ship of Theseus: "What do you expect audiences to get out of this film?", in "The Intersection of Cinema, Art, and Existential Philosophy" by Girija Sankar, in Khabar (May 2014) http://www.khabar.com/magazine/features/the_intersection_of_cinema_art_and_existential_philosophy

„The promise of survival beyond individual death or dispersion appeals to the most primal driving force of existence.“

—  Anand Gandhi
Context: The promise of survival beyond individual death or dispersion appeals to the most primal driving force of existence. Promises of transcendence have evolved out of the thriving desire to ward off the inevitable threat of individual death. Most systems propose a more or less perfect immortality – one where memories, hopes, desires, knowledge and even experiences survive the death of the physical body. An engagement and acceptance of this meme makes death particularly irrelevant. The upholding of the promise at the cost of individual sacrifice becomes acceptable. Individual sacrifices even become necessary in validating the promise. "There is no free will, but you have a choice! (And the role of memes in choice-creation)" in Handbags and Lingo (3 November 2013) http://anand.memesyslab.com/2013/11/there-is-no-free-will-but-you-have.html<!-- INKTalks -->

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„We are using the energies of the past to create something new and I’m very confident that what I’ve done has never been done before. I feel no pressure about it, I’m just taking the next step.“

—  Anand Gandhi
Context: We are closer to understanding ourselves and our environment than we were two centuries or two thousand years ago, so we are definitely more equipped with knowledge and information than the Buddha was, or even Darwin was. Darwin didn’t know about DNA, we know about DNA. Just imagine if we could go back in time and inform Darwin about DNA or inform Buddha about it. What they were dealing with was intuition, with a logical breakdown of what they had observed. We have scientific tools for those things. We are using the energies of the past to create something new and I’m very confident that what I’ve done has never been done before. I feel no pressure about it, I’m just taking the next step. "Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus: Winning Prizes, Conquering Hearts" by E. Nina Rothe, in Huffington Post (12 June 2013) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/e-nina-rothe/anand-gandhis-iship-of-th_b_3427564.html

„We now remain, at least on paper, one of the last few countries in the world, where if you don’t die successfully, you’ll go to jail for attempting.“

—  Anand Gandhi
"Landscape of the individual" in Indian Express (14 September 2015) http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/landscape-of-the-individual/

„In a deeply interconnected world, there is no 'other'.“

—  Anand Gandhi
"India takes world's first VR narrative docu 'Right to Pray' to TIFF!" Business Standard (24 Aug 2016) http://wap.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/india-takes-world-s-first-vr-narrative-docu-right-to-pray-to-tiff-116082401367_1.html

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