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Rajeev Jain

Rajeev Jain is an award wining critically acclaimed Indian Kenyan Cinematographer / Director of Photography based in Dubai (UAE), Nairobi (Kenya) and Mumbai (India).

Rajeev Jain was born on 29 November, 1968 in Lucknow, India in a middle class, Hindi speaking family. He spent his formative years in a village called Basreha, district Etawah which is nestled in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. He grew up in this one-horse village where his father was a bank employee. He led a very sheltered childhood with little or no contact with the outside world so to speak off. His father had a still Instamatic camera that fascinated him but was forbidden to lay his hands upon; its funny but somewhere his curiosity in photography was actually triggered by this parental diktat. After completing his undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh he had the good fortune of studying at the Bhartendu Academy of Dramatic Arts (BNA), (Bhartendu Natya Academy / Bhartendu Natya Akademi), Lucknow. After attaining a diploma from BNA, he started working in the Indian film industry.

Rajeev first went to Mumbai's Film City Studios in May 1989, and immediately switched from the 2-D format of still photography to the 3-D world of cinematography. He brings years of professional films and video experience to every production. As Director of Photography he specializes in shooting television commercials and feature films in the 35mm motion picture film format. His body of work as DP covers 10 full length feature films, 15 Short Films, 2504 commercials, 9 TV Series, 145 music videos and 175 documentaries & infomercials. As a DOP and Camera Operator, Rajeev has a wealth of experience with specialty camera rigs, lens systems, SFX techniques, Tyler helicopter mounts, cranes & jibs, probe and swing shift lens systems, blue/green screens, white limbo and HDTV. His freelance work has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

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