Born into an agrarian joint family, being looked after by uncles (his parents separated when he was young), he never found anyone who could offer him career guidance. Friends were either gunning for a government job or higher education. And he wanted neither. “I didn’t want to do a government job just because that was the only practical thing to do. I wanted to do something that gave me happiness, helped me find myself.” Friends in film society urged him to try FTII. Though he passed the test, his portfolio wasn’t sufficient enough to convince the board. A year later, he went back, armed with enough photographs to impress the board members. In 1984 he joined FTII.