I was born in Ajmer and my father worked in the railways. While studying in Mathura and Agra, I got hooked to watching films. After my graduation, I came to Mumbai in 1948 and I landed a librarian’s job in a military school. For some years, I contributed political cartoons to the Blitz magazine. At this time, I was drawn into the Film Society movement and watched many acclaimed foreign films that strengthened my desire to make films.