Makhijafilm is dedicated to making auteur led cinema that pushes the boundaries of the familiar. We are the artist’s producer. Our strengths lie in recognizing and providing the environment most conducive to the creative process.
Although new together in the form of Makhijafilm, our core team members’ earlier avatars have skills in screenwriting, feature film direction, trendsetting short film making, music videos, graphic art and poetry, independent film distribution, producer mentoring, artistic film curation, script development, and nudging other creative people to take that all important leap.
We live and labour in Andheri, Mumbai, the hub of moviemaking in India, and have worked with many of those responsible for spearheading pathbreaking change in an industry mostly resistant to it.
We believe producing for cinema is as much a curatorial process as it is a project management challenge. When in doubt, we go with a collective instinct honed over our combined four decades in the field.
Makhijafilm has a line-up of ready scripts (feature length as well as short) of different genres. We are in conversation with several co-producers (both Indian and International) and are on the lookout for visionary producers, co-producers, investors and distribution partners willing to take this journey with us.
Devashish Makhija has written, directed and served as associate producer on ‘BHONSLE’ (Best Actor, APSA; Best Director & Screenplay, Barcelona); and ‘AJJI’ (Fresh Blood Best Film at Beaune, France, 2018; New Currents international competition, Busan). He had started his film career researching and assisting on ‘Black Friday’ (dir. Anurag Kashyap); and has written and directed the multiple award-winning short films, ‘Taandav’, ‘El’Ayichi’, ‘Agli Baar’, ‘Absent’, ‘Rahim Murge Pe Mat Ro’ (MOMA Paris, Best of Indian Contemporary Art), ‘Happy’, ‘Cycle’ and ‘Cheepatakadumpa’.
He is also a widely published author and graphic artist, having written a novel ‘Oonga’, an anthology of short stories ‘Forgetting’ (HarperCollins), a collection of graphic poetry ‘Occupying Silence’, and the bestselling children’s picture books ‘When Ali became Bajrangbali’ and ‘Why Paploo was perplexed’.
As the range of themes and styles suggest, Devashish seeks to find new and purposeful cinematic aesthetics with every film. A prolific writer and filmmaker, he has a number of screenplays of different genres ready and restless to be made into films. He founded Makhijafilm to find opportunities for unforeseen ways to move audiences – even while raising pertinent questions – through his stories. Questions of the kind you could get a glimpse of here – https://bit.ly/3tsaPNe
Anupama Bose is a Producer – Curator. She has teamed up with filmmaker Devashish Makhija to make independent spirited genre films which traverse universal themes, and engage in strong, uncompromised narratives rooted in people, cultures, identity conflicts and human dilemmas. Devashish calls her the ‘producing half’ of Makhijafilm!
Over the years she has designed and produced short and long form content, campaigns, events, community programs. She has been Head of Development with Phantom Films (2012), and was with the National Film Development Corporation’s Film Bazaar as the Curator–Producer of the Knowledge Series and the Producers’ Workshop from 2014-2018. Additionally, she was also their Consultant – Outreach & Film Festival Relations.
She is also a visiting professor with the producing departments at the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata and Whistling Woods International School for Film & Television, Mumbai.
Before branching out to produce independently, she worked as the COO, MovieSaints – an Online Box Office & Distribution Solutions Provider for curated Indies. They have pioneered Hybrid releases in India. She built up their industry interface, helped forge business solutions and created their distribution arm. She worked towards their vision of building an entire ecosystem for Independent films, beginning with addressing the core issue of their exhibition & outreach. They are also fast emerging as a provider of customised technical solutions to Online editions / segments of Film Festivals & Film Education initiatives across the world.
In all her engagements she endeavours to create opportunities, solve problems and mentor talent. She believes that every little job well done goes a long way in adding to the foundation and eventually nurturing an ever-evolving edifice.