Ashvin Kumar is an independent Indian filmmaker, who has written, directed and produced a wide range of films, including the documentaries Inshallah, Kashmir and Inshallah, Football; feature-length ecological thriller The Forest; award-winning short film Little Terrorist; the yet unreleased coming-of-age tale Dazed in Doon and his debut film Road to Ladakh starring Irrfan Khan.
In 2005, he became the youngest Indian writer/director with an Academy Award OscarÂ® nomination, Ashvin is also the first Indian to be nominated at the European Film Academy with his film Little Terrorist which has been part of official selections to over 130 film festivals, winning awards in 25 of them, including the British Academy of Film and Television LA.
At present Ashvin is developing a film called Hype, a hedonistic clash of youthful aspirations with society, culture seeped in tradition: a view of urban middle-classes of New Delhi, contemporary India in a critical time of its globalization. He is also writing a low-budget feature-film about Kashmir: â€˜Noor', a story of a ten-year old girl whose journey to find her â€˜disappearedâ€™ father results in her finding Kashmir. In addition, a storytelling project for â€˜Kids in Conflictâ€™, whose aim is to teach screenwriting and film-making to kids who have to live in war-zones, an attempt to humanise and understand the internal-wars raging in democratic India today.