Uday Shankar Pani

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Uday Shankar Pani
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Uday Shankar Pani in 2014
EducationFTII Pune
Notable work
Assistant Director in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi

Uday Shankar Pani is an Indian film maker. He graduated in 1974 from the Film and Television Institute of India.[1] He was an assistant director in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi.[1] A 1974 documentary on the National Film Archive of India made by Uday Shankar Pani was screened on that organization's 52nd anniversary.[2] In 2016, he was selected as one of thirteen jurors for that year's International Film Festival of India.[3]

Earlier Years[edit]

Uday Shankar Pani was born in east (Odisha) , brought up in North (delhi) , studied in a south Indian school (Kannada) and is now settled in west (Mumbai). While growing up he was into painting cartoons, theatre, sculpturing, sports but never had any interest in cinema.[4] He wanted to join the army but NDA rejected him and his attempts to clear dozens of competitive exams were also unsuccessful. He finally managed to get selected in Film & TV Institute of India in Pune. Joining FTII at a very young age of 18, felt like almost growing up in cinema & realised that cinema is the king of all professions. After passing out as a trained film director at the young age of 21, he assisted many film makers for a decade. He started directing his own short films from 80’s onwards.


Among the prominent short films, Uday Shankar Pani had the launched was Hindustan Lever's' Fair & Lovely. Also he directed short films for New India Assurance, GIC , Air India, NFL, MCF, SCI,MTC,Deccan Florabase, Ford Foundation, Nitco Tiles & many more.Uday Shankar Pani most famous Lijjat Udyog's papad ad with rabbit is a land mark in the world of advertisement films.

He was an assistant director to Krishna Shah in his foreign production 'Shalimar'.[5][6] His major career highlight happened when hired as the 1st assistant director to Sir Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi'[7][8] and BBC's ' Jim Corbett'.[4] Apart from directing many music videos, events, tele- shopping films, TV serials & been busy teaching in major film schools.[9]

In recent past, he has been an integral part various film festivals as a jury member.[10]


Foreign Productions
First Assistant Director to Krishna Shah’s ‘SHALIMAR'
Richard Attenborough’s ‘GANDHI'
PM and AD to Alex Kirby in BBC(Bristol)’s JIM KORBETT’[11]
Nick Gifford’s ‘FELLA BY THE NAME OF…
Mira Hamermesh’s ‘CASTE BY BIRTH[12]
Pamela Salem’s[13] ‘FISH IN THE SKY[14]
Co-produced Lisa Film’s German film ‘INDIA-THE HOTEL OF DREAMS’
Four Documentaries ‘TEMPLES’, ‘TULSIDAS’, and ‘VALMIKI’ and ‘BHAJANS’ FOR OHM CHANNEL (Netherlands
Music Video for German Band ‘SCOOTER
Feature Films
Assistant Director ’Samjhana’(Nepali)
Micha maya Sansar’(Oriya)
Hiba Production’s’Khatarnak Irade[15]’ ’Jazira’& ‘Janjhal[16]
Gulshan Kumar’s ‘Suryaputra Shanidev,[17]’Jai Jaganath’ &’Chaar Dhaam’
Line Producer for Anushka Images’ ‘ Dhoom Dhadaka’& Lisa Film’s’India - The Hotel of Dreams’(German).
T.V. Serials
Project Co-ordinator for Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Rajani’, ‘Darpan’
Directed episodes of ‘Indradhanush
Dekh Dhai Dekh
Yeh Bhi Hai Udyog
Stritama’& ‘Bhakti Sagar’
Balaji Telefilms’s ‘Mano Ya Na Mano
Dhun Dadaka
Ketan Mehta’s ‘Captain Vyom
ETVs ‘Lakshyavar Lakshya, Gatti Jamali’& ‘Pakht


UTV’s ‘Cats’.
DD’s ‘Kachhi Rahen’& ‘Pachtava’
Sahara's ’Raat Hone Tak’ & Siddarth Kak’s ’Surabhi’ &’Mamo Ya Na Mano’.


  1. ^ a b Bengali, Shashank (26 August 2015). "Strike at elite India film school: Students take on politicians". latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ "National Film Archive of India turns 52". The Indian Express. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Indian Panorama unveils films to be screened at International Film Festival of India". www.televisionpost.com. Television Post. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b Makan, Sonu. "IMDB Profile". IMDB.
  5. ^ Makan, Sonu. "IMDB". IMDB.
  6. ^ "Film Shooting India". Film Shooting India.
  7. ^ Biraia, Pooja (28 September 2014). "Hindustan Times". Hindustan Times.
  8. ^ Dubey, Bharati (31 March 2013). "Sir Richard Attenborough in old age home". Times of India.
  9. ^ "ZIMA Website".
  10. ^ "Indian Panorama unveils films to be screened at International Film Festival of India". Daily Post. 28 October 2016.
  11. ^ "BBC brings back Jim Corbett back to life with 75-minute documentary Corbett of Kumaon". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  12. ^ Hamermesh, Mira (1990-01-01), Caste at birth, Channel Four Ltd., retrieved 2017-03-24
  13. ^ "Pamela Salem / O'Berian – Actress-Producer-USA Film "Fish In The Sky" | U.S.Productions". filmshootingindia.com. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  14. ^ "Fish in the Sky, Indian Kite Flying | Drachen Foundation". www.drachen.org. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  15. ^ Bose, Ardhendu; Mahendru, Anju; Pancholi, Aditya; Puri, Neeta (1987-01-01), Khatarnak Irade, retrieved 2017-03-24
  16. ^ "Hiba Films". BFI. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  17. ^ "Gulshan Kumar". Wikipedia. 2017-03-19.