Rohit Gupta

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Rohit Gupta
Born Mumbai, India
Education Master of Business Administration
Alma mater Wingate University, North Carolina
Occupation Film director, film editor, film producer
Years active 2009–present

Rohit Gupta (pronounced [ˈroːɦɪt̪ ɡuːptə] is a film director, producer who resides in the United States. He is known for directing Life! Camera Action... & Another Day Another Life which received universal acclaim and success earning numerous awards & accolades in various categories from around the globe.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Film career[edit]

"In an era of digital and technology explosion, director Rohit Gupta has created a global mark within a short span of time."

quoted in The Times of India[7]

Born into a business family of Mumbai, Gupta earned his MBA degree from Wingate University in North Carolina. He later joined New York Film Academy for a four-week filmmaking program to explore his interest in behind-the-scenes world of movie making.[8] The initial film assignments he was working on for classes became inspiration for later works. NYFA offered Gupta scholarship to extend his stay in to the one year program. His first film Another Day Another Life a four minute suspense thriller flick was chosen as an official selection at the Short Film Corner - Cannes Film Festival in 2009.[8] It attracted enough attention to encourage Gupta to seriously attempt a career as a filmmaker. He dropped out of NYFA in four months to shoot his first feature, the inspiring family-drama movie Life! Camera Action... with a two-member crew in three languages English, Hindi, Punjabi as part of the story.[9]

Life! Camera Action... received wide acclaim and success earning numerous awards & nominations from around the world. This ninety minutes quasi-autobiographical film follows a young girl in pursuit of her dreams of becoming a filmmaker against all odds. The film made its way to the Limca Book of Records, India's equivalent of the Guinness World Records for setting two national records.[10][11][12]

In his interviews Gupta has said "Life! Camera Action... was mainly an experiment to first hand experience the creative and business process of feature filmmaking".[13][14][15] The film which was shot for around $4,000 with money raised from his savings was "cleaned up" with post-production work costing several thousand dollars before it's marketing & release. Gupta's journey and process of his work are widely considered a major source of inspiration to aspiring filmmakers, students of cinema, and youth at large the world over.[8][9][16][17]

Gupta is currently in post-production of his upcoming comedy feature titled Midnight Delight.

Honors & Appearances[edit]

In 2010, Gupta was invited to speak at the Sensoria, an annual week long film event held every year in Charlotte, North Carolina, where education connects with professionals creating cinematic magic in Hollywood.[18] At Sensoria George Cochran, the event founder & a former Directors Guild of America commercial film director and Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Film Office honored and felicitated Gupta as an industry leader and mentor for the students of the Central Piedmont Community College Arts and filmmaking department.[19] Gupta was again invited to speak at Sensoria in 2012 to share, as quoted by Sarah Perry, "how he made a five-minute film for $100 called Another Day Another Life that a little festival called Cannes chose as an official selection; and how his other film Life! Camera Action... has toured the world and won top awards at renowned festivals".[20][21]

In 2011, Gupta was invited as a special guest speaker at the launch of New York Film Academy first open house session in India. The event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai.[22]

In 2012, Gupta was invited as a honorary member on the Global Artistic Advisory Board of the World Music & Independent Film Festival based in Washington, D.C.[23]

In 2013, India's prestigious institute Symbiosis International University in Pune invited Gupta for a guest lecture on Management & Creative aspects of filmmaking. A SIMColloquium, where eminent speakers from the field of media and communication come to interact with students and enable them to understand how the industry works was organized for Gupta's interaction with the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications (SIMC) students. The students at SIMC got an opportunity to do a case study on both of his award winning films.[24][25]

Gupta was chosen by Times Now as one of five global Indian short-listed from around the world for the prestigious NRI of the Year 2013 award for Distinctive Global Achievement in Arts & Entertainment.[26][27]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Editor Notes
2015 Midnight Delight
in post production
2012 Life! Camera Action...
Once Again (only consultant)
2011 Just Do It!
short film
2009 Another Day Another Life

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Movie Making is Magic: Rohit Gupta by Jyothsna Hegde, Atlanta, USA.". NRI Plus. May 28, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Urban Asian – Rohit Gupta's Life! Camera Action... at the International Film Festival Manhattan, 2011". Urban Asian. November 15, 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rohit Gupta's films sweep top ten prestigious awards". Times of India. April 30, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ "New York Film Academy Graduate Rohit Gupta Nominated for Several Awards at World Music and Independent Film Festival". New York Film Academy. April 25, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rohit Gupta's Life! Camera Action... selected to screen at IIDFF in Greece". Bollywood September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rohit Gupta's film 'Life! Camera Action...' to showcase in Lahore". Times of India. February 9, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Rohit Gupta's film wins 'Platinum Reel Award'". The Times of India. December 6, 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Financing Your Indie Film and Developing an Audience by Frank Pasquine from New York Film Academy Official Blog". New York Film Academy Official Blog. June 28, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Movie business is one of the most beautiful businesses: Rohit Gupta". Times of India. June 11, 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "NYFA Grad Rohit Gupta Honored by the Limca Book of Records by Frank Pasquine". New York Film Academy Official Blog. January 3, 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Filmmaker Rohit Gupta honored by the Limca Book of Records, NRI Achievers". The Times of India. January 14, 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Life! Camera Action... Limca Book of Records by editorial". Bollywood Trade. January 11, 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  13. ^ ""Mumbai is always going to be home" - Rohit Gupta interviews with Misha Singh talks about dreams, inspirations and films". India Empire, Vol 9 No.11,. April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Rohit Gupta, the "just do it" filmmaker By Yayoi Lena Winfrey". Accolade Film Awards Interviews. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tete-A-Tete with movie maker Rohit Gupta by Rachana Parekh". Movies, Matter & More. Nov 10, 2010. Retrieved Jan 6 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Symbiosis International University invited filmmaker Rohit Gupta by Glam Gold Editorial". Glam Gold. September 12, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  17. ^ ""Life! Camera Action…" to screen at the Legacy Media Institute in Virginia by Roopa Modha". Urban Asian. November 8, 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "See Exec. Producer Tim Bourne of Oscar Winning Film, Blindside". Fanpop North Carolina. April 13, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Central Piedmont Community College wants to be in pictures by Charlotte Business Journal". Charlotte Business Journal. April 8, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Building Film-Ourstate". Ourstate NC. May 2012. Retrieved May 2012. 
  21. ^ "6TH Annual FILM PEOPLE". Charlotte Business Journal. 
  22. ^ "Indian born US based Filmmaker Rohit Gupta's Life! Camera Keep in touch news". Keep in touch news. February 2, 2011. 
  23. ^ "I'm delighted to be a member of WMIFF: Rohit Gupta". The Times of India. December 14, 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Rohit Gupta speaks on Management and Creative aspects of filmmaking! by Roopa Modha". Urban Asian. September 19, 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Symbiosis International University invited filmmaker Rohit Gupta". Glam Gold. September 12, 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Rohit Gupta in the elite list for the NRI of the Year award by Roopa Modha". Urban Asian. March 14, 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "Film director Rohit Gupta nominated for the NRI of the Year award - See more at:". Daily Indian Herald. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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