Born in Singapore and bred in the beautiful sea side town of Pondicherry, a former French colony in India, Samir Sarkar was educated right from kindergarten to college at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. His keen interest in photography, music and film making drove him further to educate himself in the fields and earn him a degree in film production at the national film school of France, LA FEMIS, in Paris.

After a year of training in the films department at Contract Advertising’s (WPP Group Mumbai office, Samir realised his passion lay in world of cinema. He joined “Bollywood” at the age of 22 and for the next 10 years worked in several capacities on diverse major productions. He has been closely associated with some of the finest names in the Indian film industry including Shekhar Kapur, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Mani Rathnam, Santosh Sivan, M F Hussain, Farah Khan, Ram Gopal Varma, Rajiv Menon, Nagesh Kukunoor, Shahji Karun, Mahesh Mathai and many others. During the same period he also worked on several successful TV commercials, documentaries and music videos.

His flair for languages and his keen interest in travel also got him involved him on many international advertising, documentary, and feature film projects including Gaumont’s “Hanuman”, Pandora Films’ “Samsara” and Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi”.

In 2008, after working for more than 10 years as a freelancer he founded Magic Hour Films, an award winning film production company with offices in Mumbai, New Delhi and Singapore. Magic Hour Films produces Feature Films, TV Commercials, Documentaries and Photography Campaigns.

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