MY STORY

HOW IT ALL BEGAN...

 
SBS bollywood star
SBS bollywood star

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Bollywood Star
Bollywood Star

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Nakul & Nikki Proposal
Nakul & Nikki Proposal

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Music Video Recording
Music Video Recording

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Product Photoshoot
Product Photoshoot

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Years went by… In 2012 Kush took part in Australia's first Bollywood Reality TV show—SBS Bollywood Star. After competing with hundreds of contestants, he reached the TOP 12. All this whilst completing his 12th standard schooling, teaching dance, and on the verge of starting his own production house.

 

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3. I/E. BOLLYWOOD STAR. D/N

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Whilst working at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Consultant, in 2012, Kush ventured into having a parallel profession in Filmmaking. He started his own production company, Era of Entertainment Productions, which produced several short films, wedding videos, corporate videos, and events. This extremely challenging time provided Kush with a hands-on learning experience with production, budgets, organisation, team management and more.

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4. I/E. PRODUCTION HOUSE. D/N

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It was the year of 2006 when KUSH GUPTA [16 years] went from performing locally, at community stages, functions, and theatres to the big arena. After completing training with the Children's Performing Company of Australia (CPCA), Kush performed in the lead troupe, during the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, alongside Shiamak Davar Dance Company.

This was a turning point in Kush's life​

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1. I/E. COMMONWEALTH GAMES. DAY

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From 2007, Kush went on to be a part of Shiamak Davar's Dance Company and soon became one of its first local instructors/choreographers. He continued with the company for eight years performing in several high-end international shows, musicals, and events across the globe, including the Times Of India Film Awards. During this time, Kush taught over 500 students with the local team, and also went on to grab the ‘Biggest Bollywood Dance Workshop’ title in the Guinness Book of World Records in the year 2011.

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2. I/E. SHIAMAK DAVAR COMPANY. D/N

 
TOIFA
TOIFA

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TOIFA
TOIFA

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TOIFA
TOIFA

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SDIPA - Event
SDIPA - Event

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SDIPA
SDIPA

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Australia Day Parade
Australia Day Parade

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Winter Funk
Winter Funk

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Dance Company
Dance Company

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Instructor Kush
Instructor Kush

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Contemporary Jazz
Contemporary Jazz

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Guiness World Book of Records
Guiness World Book of Records

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Instructor
Instructor

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Commonwealth Games 2006 Melbourne
Commonwealth Games 2006 Melbourne

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Closing Ceremony 2006 CWG
Closing Ceremony 2006 CWG

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Meanwhile, Kush was presented with an opportunity to host a new digital web series for Mind Blowing Films, called MBTV. It being a small-team unit, Kush not only co-hosted the show but got a chance to write the script and help organise several shoots for the 36+ episodes, shot over two years. MBTV made it to local theatres and covered the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne with celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra, Kabir Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Prabhu Deva, and many more...

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5. I/E. MBTV. D/N

MBTV - Jugal Hansraj
MBTV - Jugal Hansraj

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MBTV - Besharam
MBTV - Besharam

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MBTV - Teri Meri Khahani
MBTV - Teri Meri Khahani

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Kush & Mishti Jhankar 2013
Kush & Mishti Jhankar 2013

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Jhankar 2013
Jhankar 2013

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Jhankar 2013 - Aroop Shukhla
Jhankar 2013 - Aroop Shukhla

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Jhankar 2014 - Kush & Naga's
Jhankar 2014 - Kush & Naga's

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Jhankar 2014 poster
Jhankar 2014 poster

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Jhankar 2014
Jhankar 2014

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After the success of MBTV, Kush aspired to create something that had not been done in Australia before. Under his production banner, he produced, wrote, acted, and co-directed two of Australia's biggest Bollywood Musical productions with a 150+ cast and crew. Both the years in 2013 /14; the two musicals created a benchmark within the local Indian-Australian Performing Arts worlds with sold-out shows!

JHANKAR 2013—The Lost Tale, and JHANKAR 2014—The Rhythm of Revolution

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6. INT. JHANKAR. NIGHT

 
 

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Kush quickly discovered his love for direction and filmmaking. Deciding to follow his dream, he completed his Filmmaking Studies in Direction and Cinematography, in Australia. During this time, he made several student short films, gaining practical knowledge and started to write his first feature-film script for FeatureAct Productions. 

Kush's directorial short film was got shortlisted in 2019 for two international festivals.

 

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7. I/E. VARIOUS - AUSTRALIA. D/N

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Soon after, in 2014, Kush took on the challenge to shift base to Mumbai, India, and work in what he had only heard of—Bollywood. With no contacts, Kush worked his way up by assisting in Television, TVCs and any other work he could find.

 

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8. I/E. VARIOUS - INDIA. D/N

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He diversified his skill set and went on to direct, shoot, edit over 30+ dance based music videos, YouTube based content and other Indian based short films. He further found opportunities to choreography for Television, Feature Films and Music Videos.

 

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9. I/E. ACE PRODUCTIONS. D/N

Romantic Thriller - Zaid Darbar
Romantic Thriller - Zaid Darbar

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A complete life...
A complete life...

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A complete life..
A complete life..

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Basmati Blues
Basmati Blues

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Music Video Shoot
Music Video Shoot

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Kinna Sona
Kinna Sona

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Iss Qadar Bhaag Jhonny
Iss Qadar Bhaag Jhonny

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ACE Productions
ACE Productions

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Sarbjit
Sarbjit

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Sarbjit
Sarbjit

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Sarbjit
Sarbjit

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Aditi Rao Hydari - Bhoomi
Aditi Rao Hydari - Bhoomi

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Bhoomi
Bhoomi

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Aditi Rao Hydari - Bhoomi
Aditi Rao Hydari - Bhoomi

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Sanjay Dutt - Prassthanam
Sanjay Dutt - Prassthanam

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Ali Faisal - Prassthanam
Ali Faisal - Prassthanam

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Manisha Koirala - Prassthanam
Manisha Koirala - Prassthanam

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Kush ventured back to feature films in 2016, in India. He worked as the Chief Associate Director under the National-Award-Winning Director, Mr Omung Kumar, for the film Sarbjit. With his vast experience in production and direction, Kush was quickly promoted from being an Assistant Director to an Associate Director, wherein he managed not only the shoot but also all post-production needs of the film. Kush developed great relations with all his colleagues, directors, and actors and under the mentorship of Mr Omung Kumar and Producer Sandeep Singh, soon became a key member of the company, ideating future concepts and managing teams. Whilst associated with the company, Kush also completed Sanjay Dutt's comeback film Bhoomi.

Kush went onto take his experiences and opened them up to other directors and films such as Wonderland and Prasthanam. After proving himself, many directors quickly started calling back Kush for further work as their first preference.

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10. I/E. FEATURE FILMS. D/N

 

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Whilst freelancing; Kush had ventured into the world of writing. Being a storyteller from childhood, Kush decided to finally turn his multiple ideas and quirky thoughts into scripts, concepts, web series, and films. He took three years to study and practice writing screenplays, learning from legends such as Aaron Sorkin, Mira Nair, Ron Howard and Neil Gaiman.

Kush went on to pen down several ideas, pitch bibles and screenplays and started working as a Script Doctor, for films such as Bhagwat Mendke's Gunplay. 

He further started writing concepts for various Ads and TVCs for major clients such as OPPO and Realme. 

 

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11. INT. WRITER'S DESK. D/N

The Garden of Eden - Pilot
The Garden of Eden - Pilot

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Oppo Find X - Writer
Oppo Find X - Writer

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Suzie vs Sandra - Oppo Find X
Suzie vs Sandra - Oppo Find X

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MONTAGE CONT'D

After gaining experience in multiple facets of filmmaking, Kush took on the role of the Director in several Ad Films, TVCs and Music Videos. Standing by his one motto, ‘to try and do something different and better every time,’ Kush led teams in creating powerful and viral ads and campaigns. 

With the passing of every day, Kush continues to take on new challenges and delivering new and creative ideas for both clients and audiences in the form of storytelling and entertainment. 

With dreams of making international feature films that leave an impact on the audience, Kush continues to grow and expand his portfolio.

Kush turns to the camera and breaks the fourth wall to ‘tell’ his audience...

KUSH

and, this is just the beginning...

 

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12. I/E. DIRECTOR'S CHAIR. D/N

Choreography in a Feature Film
Choreography in a Feature Film

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Kush Director - BTS
Kush Director - BTS

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#throwback Directing an Ad for OPPO F9 -
#throwback Directing an Ad for OPPO F9 -

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Max Fashion - One of the first ad projec
Max Fashion - One of the first ad projec

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Power Your Style Teaser
Power Your Style Teaser

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Realme Narzo
Realme Narzo

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Rani Teri Vodka
Rani Teri Vodka

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IDFC
IDFC

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Pack up vibe
Pack up vibe

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You For Sure - Music Video
You For Sure - Music Video

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Kush- Director
Kush- Director

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Kush Director - on mark
Kush Director - on mark

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