An Independent Filmmaker with 6 years of experience in short fiction, documentaries, and advertising work.

Manur Katyal is a young independent filmmaker with four years of experience in short fiction, documentaries, and advertising work. With his formal education in non-fiction filmmaking from SACAC, Delhi in 2015, he made his first short documentary, “The Fort Undefeated.” The film traveled to acclaimed student film festivals across India, including Urban Lens Film Festival, Alpavirama Youth Film Festival, and Student Film Festival, among others.

Following his education in 2016, he started working as a freelancer based out of Delhi. This initial phase of his career provided him with opportunities to work with various organizations, brands, and NGOs such as India Vision Foundation, Pondy Art Festival, Creative Image Magazine, U-Board India, Share Samadhaan, and The Big Bang Trip, among others.

The advent of the pandemic in 2020 brought about a drastic shift in his life as he decided to move back to his hometown in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. With the intention of understanding his roots and exploring beyond urban India, he started traveling to various parts of western Uttar Pradesh. This exploration sowed the seeds for two short films that came to fruition: “Akshara” and “Ashita’s Birthday.” “Akshara” was broadcasted on MTV India in 2021 in collaboration with the India Film Project.

Despite living in Moradabad, he managed to stay connected with Delhi, allowing him to continue working on various video projects. This eventually led him to direct his first music video for the song “Let’s Hurt Tonight” by the band “Skyylash,” in collaboration with the banner “Universal India” and the brand “Sterling Reserve.” The video has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube.

Currently, he is in the midst of post-production for his latest short fiction film, based on his life experiences not too long ago in the city of Delhi.

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