Raj J.



New York, NY

Organizer since:

August 3, 2012


Where does your love for Bollywood come from?

Been watching movies passionately since I was born, thanks to my parents who tried to keep me connected to the Indian culture by relying on Hindi films. These days films in India have a lot more depth to them and aren't things for the common person to understand. It may take a little thinking, but I like that. Films did used to be about laying back and taking a break to watch something, and now it has become harder effort than work itself to follow the film. But nothing has kept me more attentive so I appreciate that.

What do you like to do most? (if dance then what in dance interests you most and who you performed with;where, if you play guitar what types of songs or where you performed, if you write then what sort of stories or what interests you, etc.)

Dancing is something that lets me express through my body, where as music is something for me that is more of a mind thing. Filmmaking is sort of both for me, because you gotta be running around on set, and motivating everyone around you through words and actions because I have to try to make them visualize. I have danced with a couple Bollywood troupes in California. Project Pulse was my last one, and I had the pleasure to perform at AR Rahman's show in Oakland in a huge audience of 15,000 people. Awesome experience. Also performed with Sukhwinder Singh, RDB. I am on two dance teams in college. NYU Dillagi, and NYU Pandemonium. We competed nationally with both teams and even hosted a show for Imran Khan for his promotions for Ek Main Aur Ek Tu. I made a couple musical tracks as well with my school's equipment, and I compose on my own with my piano and guitar. Sometimes using Garageband. I try to practice singing while I can too. I made a couple short films as well.

Favorite hindi movie?

I have a lot, but if I had to choose one, then Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was quite a great film for me. There is a very certain style about the movie. It is artistic, yet commercial and having that sort of combination which catches the attention of everyone, is truly remarkable. Zoya Akhtar's film before this one 'Luck By Chance' was very well made too. One of my favorites. Anurag Kashyap is another director who I have a lot of respect for. He is one filmmaker that captures life in a very distinct and natural manner. His characters are very thought out. Dev D was quite a trip. Other filmmakers that didn't really care about the norms that caught my attention were Dibakar Banerjee, known for 'Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye', 'Love Sex aur Dhokha'. Great movies.


I study film at NYU Tisch and am a 3rd year here. I lived in India for 4-5 years in the middle of my educational career. I live in California with my family but right now I am in love with New York, so I'm gonna chill here for a while.

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