Shekhar Bassi is a UK based disabled screenwriter/filmmaker. Inspired by Akira Kurosawa and Billy Wilder at age 8, Shekhar mutated into a film geek thereafter and aspires to make feature films that travel the globe. Shekhar's physical disability affects his mobility requiring him to use crutches. His disability does not in anyway thwart his creative abilities.
Shalinder Bassi is a UK based screenwriter/producer. Musically gifted yet cinema obsessed creative, Shalinder believes good story-telling lives in good writing; good producing lives in a good team of collaborators.
The Bassi Brothers made a creative transition to being behind the camera, from the world of acting and music. They have produced and unproduced screenplay credits to their names. The Brothers' first professional screenplay for the big screen was based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore, ‘KABULIWALLA’. It was a Pandora/Anglo-American co-production.
Following their experiences in the development machinations of 'Kabuliwalla', the Bassi Brothers co-wrote the screenplay ‘Winter of Love’ with director Shakila Maan. Writing ventures continued with scribing three shorts and another aspiring Anglo-Spanish feature ‘Almodovar Screwed Up Love’. During this time we also began developing the feature, 'Sista’ which was to be Shekhar's first directorial debut and funding continues to be sought.
Their experiences went beyond English language projects, co-writing the Lithuanian film ‘The Boy And The Sea’ with director Tomas Donela. In the same year Shekhar and Shalinder started a co-production with Tomas on a Lithuanian language feature documentary ‘MAESTRO: IN BLACK AND WHITE’.
Shekhar took on his first directorial role with a short film. He co-wrote and directed he short, ‘THE FAIRY WHO STOLE EYES’. The short went on to be screened in competition at several festivals and won a Gold Remi for Best short at the Huston WorldFest. Their work saw Shekhar and Shalinder accepted as one of the participants on Arista Scribes 2.
After a very long unplanned hiatus, for personal health reasons, Shekhar returned with another short film. Working once again beyond borders, the Brothers, wrote and completed a 9 minute, no budget, ONE SHOT short film 'FAUX DÉPART' with Shekhar directing. The subtitled short employed dialogue in Turkish, Urdu and Ghanian languages. The short went on to win the Best One Shot Movie of award. Shekhar and Shalinder partnered up with Theatre Producer Gemma Lloyd and Prime Focus to develop the short film 'NO LOVE LOST', written by the Brothers, directed by Shekhar.
Shekhar was one of five winning filmmakers, worldwide, in the Bombay Sapphire Imagination series competition for his comedy short film script 'THE MRS.' The short went on to be directed by LA based Matt Smukler. The short went on to play at several festivals including Tribeca and Toronto.
Shekhar was nominated for the 'Satyajit Ray Short Film Award' for the short Faux Départ. Continuing to write and direct, the Brothers saw completion of the narrative fiction short film 'NO LOVE LOST' followed by the musical short- short 'I-CITY GIRL'.
Finishing its film festival run, which took close to three years, 'NO LOVE LOST' had screened at 120 plus festivals picking up more than 38 awards and several nominations.
The Bassi Brothers picked up the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film Treatment, at the New York Screenplay Festival, for their planned feature film 'Caterpillar'.
They were one of five finalists, in the short screenplay section, of the Bluecat Screenplay Competition, with their comedy short screenplay 'Absolute Beginner'.
Recently, Shalinder has taken a step back from screenwriting but not the creative process. While he focuses on the production side, Shekhar continues working as a screenwriter and filmmaker.
Shekhar has just completed his first feature film, 'SHOPAAPAA', an AUS/UK co-production, during the COVID-19 lockdown. Co-written and co-directed with the brilliant Australian filmmaker Molly Reynolds. The film is produced by Rolf De Heer, Shalinder Bassi and Molly Reynolds. 'ShoPaapaa' will had its World Premiere at the socially distancing, non-streaming, Adelaide Film Festival 2020 in front of a live audience.
- To make movies that make audiences emote.
- To write and direct story led feature films on the world stage of cinema.
- To establish ourselves as hard-working screenwriters, as part of a successful screenwriting partnership; for Shekhar to make his mark as a versatile and successful filmmaker in the United Kingdom, on Mainland Europe and rest of the world.
Frank Capra, Ben Hecht, Billy Wilder, Raj Kapoor, Satyajit Ray, Louis Malle, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Sam Peckinpah, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, Arthur Penn, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Cardiff, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Sidney Pollack, Rolf De Heer, William Goldman, Jane Campion, Claire Denis, Andrea Arnold, Ernest Lehman, Steven Spielberg, Mathieu Kassovitz, Steven Soderbergh, Coen Brothers, Susanne Bier, Sidney Lumet, Ridley scott, Peter Weir, Mike Nichols, Pasolini, Truffaut, Sergio Leoni