Born and brought up in a remote village of district Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India, Ajay Saklani is an independent filmmaker known for his debut feature film ‘Saanjh’. Ajay made a mark by releasing the first ever feature film of Himachali language in the history of more than 100 years of Indian cinema.
Ajay became fascinated by cinema when he saw TV for the first time at the young age of 11. During his college, his passion for cinema kindled him to join Theatre, where he started his career in acting. Unsure about where to begin his career after college, the same passion brought him to New Delhi, where he joined the TV industry as a video editor. While working with different TV channels at various positions, he honed his skills of editing, cinematography, direction. He also pursued his masters in mass communication & journalism. During his stint with TV industry, he made a couple of independent documentaries focusing on sociocultural issues, one of which titled ‘Upaasmar’ is about deaths due to malnutrition among children, in the tribal regions of the state of Maharastra (India). The documentary received critical acclaim at prestigious film festivals worldwide.
Ajay Saklani moved to Mumbai, the heart of Hindi Cinema in 2018 to continue his dream run in the industry. Currently he is working on his future projects.
Ajay Saklani lived in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh till the 16 years of age with no connection to the world outside. While studying in a government school there he never talked in Hindi or English. It was the year 1999 when he stepped out of his village and began his further studies in Jammu City (Jammu & Kashmir).
During his college days in Jallandhar (Punjab), he joined theatre as a mime artist. Without any guidance or knowledge about filmmaking, he worked in different areas of entertainment industry which includes modelling, anchoring, acting, event management, etc. Later on he joined in a production house as a spot boy. Being an IT Professional, finally he found his way into editing and began his career as an editor in Television Industry in New Delhi.
With a vision for the development of Cinema in Himachal and to bring out the stories from mountains, Ajay Saklani moved back to Himachal in 2014. There he came up with the First Himachali Language feature film titled ‘Saanjh’, released in 2017, across India in Himachali & Hindi dubbed version.