LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
The Girl Behind the Frames
Welcome to my online portfolio! Here you’ll find examples of my work in many different areas, as well as my own independent, amazing projects. One of my defining principles is a deep commitment to entertainment and the arts. I believe in feeling the emotions through the images and that's what I want to evoke. Go ahead and browse the rest of my site, and let me know if you have any questions about my work.
ALL ABOUT MODHURA
I'm a Cinematographer. I studied cinematography from Satyajit Ray film and Television Institute; one of the premiere film schools of the country. I am also a member of Indian Women Cinematographers Collective (IWCC) and Eastern India Cinematographers Association (EICA). I love playing with light and images and try to tell a story with my craft. After all I deal with one of world's most glamorous trick of the eye. Else than that, I like to enjoy myself and have fun. Take in all that life has to offer. I'm also a trained classical dancer and I paint. I like reading books, contemplating about random things and having a good time when I'm not busy in work.
Cinema is something I love and I want to spend the rest of my life with this ; getting closer; making it more intimate.
As an entertainment professional based in Kolkata and Mumbai, I’m always looking for the next opportunity to collaborate with others through my work. I’ve worked in many different areas and on amazing projects since starting out in 2012, and I’m always looking for exciting new opportunities that force me to think outside the box and use my creativity in new ways. If you’d like to learn more about my inspirations, interests, or past work, get in touch today!
ASIAN FILM ACADEMY (AFA)
Was a fellow of AFA 2015. Asian Film Academy (AFA) is an educational program hosted by Busan International Film Festival, Dongseo University and Busan Film Commission to foster young Asian talents and build their networks throughout Asia. Over the past 10 years, 241 alumni from 29 countries have been standing out in filmmaking field all over the Asia and in the prestigious festivals throughout the world.
The promising fellows from all over Asia participate in various AFA programs, including short film production, workshops, and master classes. The two short films completed by the fellows are officially presented at the 20th Busan International Film Festival. While participating in the programs, the fellows rediscover themselves and share their passion towards films which goes far beyond the differences in their experiences and cultural backgrounds.
The Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens in Cinematography -Angenieux Special Encouragement Award Cannes 2019
The Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens in Cinematography ceremony at the Festival de Cannes recognised the work of young and upcoming cinematographer Modhura Palit through the prestigious Angenieux Special Encouragement Award, which was given to Cecile Zhang from China in 2018. In 2019 in a similar vein for India; Modhura Palit, the cinematographer based in Kolkata, is the recipient of the Angenieux Special Encouragement award, making her the first Indian — and first Indian woman — to be recognised in this category.
LOOKING CHINA YOUTH FILM PROJECT
Participated as representing India as Part of the global Looking China 2015 Youth film Project. Travelled to China and Directed, Shot, Edited, and Produced a short documentary in a 18 day time frame. Made as a film to explore China and Chinese culture, the film received 2nd Runner up award. The project is organised by AICCC and Beijing Normal University in association with Ghizhou University. Was part of the 10 member Indian team as one of the 100 filmmakers from all over the globe.
I am a freelance cinematographer. Here's a little showcase of my work, on formats ranging from DSLRs ( 5D mk iii/mk iv, Sony A7sii etc) to CineCams (Red Epic, Epic Dragon, Arri Alexa XT etc). I am specialised in Cinematography from SRFTI, Kolkata. Currently based in Kolkata. These are shots from some of my works done in 2017-18. Includes short films, TVCs, music videos, corporates, TV shows and feature film.
This is a little showcase of my work on formats ranging from 35mm Film to 5D Mark II and III to RED Epic to Arri Alexa Classic and Sony F55. This reel comprises mainly of short films ( both institute and independent projects), music videos and documentary.
THE PAPER BOY
The City of Joy is that melting pot where dreams are served everyday freshly cooked. This is a tale of a little boy whose world revolves around the by-lanes of old Calcutta where he delivers the latest headlines and then spends the rest of his day shimmering dreams at a tiny tea stall.
Official selection at Kolkata International Film festival 2015
WINDING THROUGH THE DUSTY LANES
Music Video. Shot on Arri Alexa Classic. 2015
THE GIRL ACROSS THE STREAM
The film is made as Part of the global Looking China 2015 Youth film Project. Travelled to China and Directed, Shot, Edited, and Produced the short documentary in a 18 day time frame. Made as a film to explore China and Chinese culture, the film received 2nd Runner up award. Official selection American Chinese Film Festival 2015.
Meet Sohee was made as a collaborative film in Asian Film Academy, Busan as part of Busan International Film festival.
Its a short film produced by SRFTI, Kolkata. A 10 minute short film shoot on 35mm Kodak stock. Its a complete studio shoot. Shot on 35mm Colour.
Worked as Director Of Photography. (2014)
Feature Film. Critically acclaimed Anti Logic film directed by Anindya Banerjee. Based on German Expressionistic style the film is currently circuiting international film festivals. Was part of Bengali Panaroma at Kolkata International Film Festival, 2018. The film and it's cinematography is added as textbook reference for filmstudies in Dhaka University. Director of Photography. 2018. Red Epic.
AMI O MANOHAR
( MANOHAR & I)
Independent feature film. The film is critically acclaimed. The Film is awarded Best Debut Feature Film at Kerala International Film Festival 2018. Shot on A7sii and Iphone. Director of Photography 2018.
FRIDAY NIGHT ORIGINALS
SOME MORE PROJECTS
What I've Done
JANALAXMI SMALL FINANCE BANK
A campaign of 8 films shot across Eastern and Central India, chronicling the real customers of Janalaxmi Small Finance Bank. Shot on real location with Real people. Shot on A7S ii and 5D mk IV. Date of Production - 2017
Short Film for Bangla 1st. Directed by Ilmaz Syed, starring Anirban Bhattacharya, Mrinmoyee, Sudip Chaterjee. Shot on 5D mk IV. Streaming on Bangla1st app and Box Office HD app. 2017
RISING STAR 2017
Shot the participant background stories in Kolkata. Shot on Sony F5 camera.
SUHANE PAL MUSIC VIDEO
Music Video Shot for ChickenSnake Films. Directed by Arnab Moitra. Under Production. Shot on A7sii @2017
CANVERA CORPORATE FILM
Corporate Film for Canvera's overseas marketing. Shot on Red Dragon. Under production 2017
Campaign shoot with Uber India showcasing their Driver stories. Part of the Annual Uber Excellence awards held at JW Marriot , Kolkata. Campaign of 5 videos. Shot on sony A7sii. 2017.
Corporate Film for Wonder Cement Pvt. Ltd Rajasthan. Corporate film for the facilities of Wonder Cement's largest manufacturing factory in India. Shot on F5. Director of Photography (2017)
Shot the first 20 episodes for Hushiar Bangla, a crime based television series on Colours Bangla produced by Bangla Talkies. Director of Photography (2017)
Short film directed by Saurav Palodhi. Shot on A7sii. Currently under post production.
ME AND PAPA
Short film directed by Raaja Mukherjee. Shot on Arri Alexa XT. Currently circuiting film festivals. (2018)
Short film for Bangla 1st. Directed by Deb Roy. Shot on Sony A7sii. Under post production. 2018
W.B. GOVT AWAS YOJNA
Awareness film for W.B. Govt. Shot on Red Epic. 2018
Directed by Prabal Chakroborty. Short Film. Was part of Indian Panaroma section at IFFI, Goa, 2018. Currently circulating film festivals.
Director of Photography. Shot on A7sii. (2018)
Rhododendron 2018 – Feature film – Post production
Kanchkola 2019 – short film – awaiting release
Ami O Amar Madhuri 2019 – short film- awaiting release
The Bag 2019 – Short film – post production
Synthetic Sati 2019 – short Film – awaiting release
Sohobashe 2019 – feature film – RED DRAGON – Awaiting release
Porijayee 2019 – feature film – Upcoming
Coffin 2019 – short film – Upcoming
Amar Colony 2019 – Feature film – Post Production
Ek Duaa 2019 – Feature Film – Post Production
Subho bijoya 2019 – Short Film – Post Production
Rikshawala 2019 – Short Film – Post Production
Broken Frames 2019 – Short Film – Post Production
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Being Featured in Media
INTERVIEW FOR Brut. INDIA
INTERVIEW WITH ANUPAMA CHOPRA FOR FILM COMPANION #FCArtistsToWatch
TALK ON GENDER STEREOTYPING IN CINEMATOGRAPHY. JOSH TALKS BANGLA
INTERVIEW IN SHOKALER BANGLADESH SHOW BY JAMUNA TV
IINTERVIEW FOR MAHANAGAR 24X7 WEBPORTAL
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