Harmeet Basur left his job as an engineer to pursue his passion in the performing and visual arts, which led him to filmmaking and cinematography. Basur has been the Director of Photography for feature films Hum Saya (Neighbours) in Afghanistan and Mantra in India (On Netflix), the latter being winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the South Asian International Film Festival, New York. He has been a cinematographer/DoP on award winning social, observational and wildlife documentaries and short films. He has also collaborated with artists on various video installation projects and experimental films.
In his earlier days, Basur performed in various plays including Akh Di Dehleez (Threshold of Perception), directed by G.S. Chani and choreographed by Navtej Johar at the International Festival of Theatre and Dance, Lahore, Pakistan and Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit under the aegis of Alliance Francaise’s Theatre de Poche.
He has conducted and directed workshops in the discipline of community theatre using theatre as a tool to engage with people from different backgrounds and age groups.
As a photographer, Harmeet has extensively shot the lives of children in Afghanistan and is working on an ongoing series Boat People. His works have been published in various newspapers and magazines including the Time Magazine, The Hindu, DNA and in Timeri N. Murari’s book The Taliban Cricket Club.