“Changing field, working through, giving effort, coming through,” wonder how much there is to know about a person. The world has so much talent around; we know nothing about it. From their start to their rise, from fulfilling their distant dream to every small step taken for it, if details are put forward, all would know the importance of every bit of the move. However, what one can learn here is that even when one thinks they are all alone, they aren’t. People exist who have taken such steps, and it is people like Nakul Dev that have proved, “Life comes to those who know where to take it.” Nakul Dev is a filmmaker, but his dream didn’t just get fulfilled. He comes from a small town, but his passion for cinema well it got him to film school. He learned, he infused courage, and he learned to give a story to the world from behind the camera. Isn’t it interesting? From a small town of Haryana to an amazing filmmaker who has given some of his best works and been nominated and even won for his contributions, especially for his recent work as “BEFORE I DIE” , a documentary for which he was nominated at 65 film festivals and won 21 awards, he truly seems to be having a dream life within his control.
A bizarre dream isn’t so bizarre if one holds the courage to do what they felt so deeply about. Nakul dared to it, he dared to fulfil his dream, and he gave his best in “BEFORE I DIE”, which received international acclaim. It is because of it that within his list of awards comes some well-known ones’. Los Angeles Cinematography Awards-USA,
Milan gold awards-Italy, World Film Carnival-Singapore, Havelock International Film Festival , Virgin Spring Cinefest -WB, New York Movie Awards-USA, Abbey Film Festival-UK, Rameshwaram International Film Festival , and many more. His work was also honoured at, London International Film Festival, Art Film Awards-Yugoslavia and so on. As of being a finalist, his work did reach that verge too in some of the well-known awards shows like New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA), Best Indie Film Awards, Europa Film Festival-Spain, Florence Film Awards-Italy, Best Documentary Awards-UK, Prague International Film Festival, Kosice International Film Festival-Slovakia, etc.
Well, what can be said, an effort never gets unnoticed and with the number of selections, nominations, win, it just seems like Nakul is having his dream-come-reality.
In a recent interview, he said, “A journey will never be smooth, but one shouldn’t regret it. One should know that life doesn’t come easy. It doesn’t knock on the doors while one sits around. I have done many works, and my first film, The LAST MONK, just after passing out from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi, gave me success and got global acclaim, and the simple reason behind is my dedication, my concentration, and hard work. I also wish to add that, even after being screened at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2006, I didn’t let success get to my head. I worked hard to get opportunities. I made sure to fall and learn instead of taking leaps. I really gave in my best, and probably this is why all the hard work pays off to me today.” A life full of words, ideas and efforts, would never lack opportunity, and neither did Nakul. He made sure that he can break the wall of obscurantic life and bring some new dreams, new ideas ahead.
The above two are definitely the most accomplished work of Nakul, but there are also a few more. Nakul was a part of AKHNOOR as a co-producer that won the Best Film Award at the Golden Gate Film Festival, Special Jury Awards at San Francisco Film Festival, Special Civilian Award from the Belgian Government, and alike. Blue Mountains is yet another of his recent works, which was appreciated. He is also about to release by the end of the year his first independent Hindi feature film, AASMA, which too hopefully will create a voice like all of his works. However, in the light of upcoming work, one should not ignore one amazing controversial documentary film, IN THE NAME OF LOVE- MELANCHOLY OF GOD’s OWN COUNTRY! based on love jihad, yet another piece to see my work and gain a lesson out of it.”
Nakul has given his best and also helped in creating awareness by the campaigns for the Haryana AIDS Control Organization, created Annual calendar and some other media kits which were related to female foeticide and issues, been a part of many commercials and corporate films, amidst which one was for WWF India. He did all that he can. From television to independent films, he had brought out his best, and many more of his works are yet awaited to see, and with all the hard work,
As a Filmmaker, I tend to look for stories that ignite something dormant lying inside you, that explore the deeper questions related to Humanity and Environment. It’s a journey of Humanity, of leaving a legacy for our current and future generations, to make our earth better place to live. He deserves the appreciation he gets around, “A TRULY DESERVING HEART HE IS.”