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“I am a photographer with director’s mind, I see the world as a cinematic canvas” – HAIDER KHAN

Charismatic and self-driven, HAIDER KHAN established himself as a successful director and photographer working with high-profile clients, major publications and advertising agencies. He is a self-motivated man who displays his passion and dedication for photography and direction through his work. A keen observer and believer of learning from day to day life, he incorporates elements from his regular surroundings and daily events. He is passionate about traveling and shooting outdoors, as it gives him the space to capture more and imbibe the feel of the location into his work. An extremely creative mind with right execution skills, he engrosses himself into his work to get the best output. Work is play for him, he enjoys directing and shooting, which can clearly be seen in his work.

Haider is equally adept at shooting both still and motion. He works as a collaborative team, sharing roles as director and photographer, with an emphasis on combining visual elements resulting in a story that creates an emotional connection for the viewer. He prefers capturing his photos on a landscape mode; he see’s the world as a horizontal platform and believes in inculcating the most. His unique style of working and love for work makes him one of the most eminent photographer and director in today’s time.

Behind every camera, there is not only a creative eye but also a sensitive heart. This is the reason why Haider Khan, one of the biggest names in the photography and video direction    in India , decided to put aside the world of glamour for a moment as the plight of Rohingyas, a Muslim minority group in Myanmar, which has been declared the world’s most persecuted minority by the United Nations, jolted his heart.

Being aware of social issues. Haider could not turn a blind eye to pictures of atrocities committed on Rohingyas from Arakan in Myanmar.The legal conditions faced by the Rohingya in Myanmar have been compared to apartheid.

“I have been hearing and watching about Rohingyas plight for many years, which touched me greatly,” says Haider.

Haider says: “I see the world as a cinematic canvas” so he decided to highlight this issue through the medium of cinema, which is his forte being a creative.
Haider started working on the script to tell the world about this genocide and the result was ‘Rohingya’, his first feature film. What a drastic shift! Haider has been associated with Indian Film Industry superstar Salman Khan for many years now and directed Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3 promo, song for the film Notebook with Salman, Junglee promos for his dear friend Vidyut Jammwal, apart from this more than 100 ad films and videos for the topmost brands worldwide.

Being a son of a former paratrooper, who took part in 1962 war with China and in 1965 with Pakistan, Haider has dedicated the film to the unsung heroes of India’s special forces (SF) Paras, who are also known as the maroon berets.

Haider, who has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues of the film, says: “The most astonishing thing about this film is that it’s completely shot in natural light and no hair or makeup Artist has been used in the entire film.

A fan of Mani Ratnam, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, Haider says: “The real issues have been very close to my heart. I like to mix reality and fiction. Second, it’s a very rare subject and no one has ever made a film about the Rohingyas.

The film not only shows the heroic character of the Indian army but also depicts very poignantly the suffering of Rohingyas. Facing persecution and state-sponsored violence in Myanmar, about 1 million Rohingyas have taken refuge in Bangladesh, says Haider.

He is hopeful that the film will help in bringing the plight of the Rohingyas in the mainstream.   My experience shows that  through films , one can highlight sensitive issues, otherwise they remain unnoticed for decades.”