Anand Mahindra was once an aspiring filmmaker, was Mira Nair’s senior at Harvard


Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra perhaps one of the most successful business magnates in the world. But when asked if he lacked another passion that he could have made a career of, his answer left everyone surprised: he wanted to be a filmmaker!

Sharing a throwback message on Thursday, the billionaire recalled his college days when he was studying film. “Easy to answer that. I wanted to be a filmmaker and I studied cinema in university,” he wrote, posting a black and white photo of himself from the 70s. “My thesis was a film that I done at ’77 Kumbh Mela,” he revealed.

However, he added that the image he shared was not of Kumbh Mela but of a time when he was filming a documentary in a remote village near Indore, Madhya Pradesh. “Anyone old enough to guess what portable 16mm camera I was using?” he posed a question to his followers.

The rare fact was revealed as he answered questions about his old photo, where he said he too was a backbencher, leaving all elated in line.

Mahindra, who went to study abroad after completing his studies for a degree in film and architecture at Harvard University, graduated magna cum laude in 1977. He then moved on to government administration. business, completing his MBA at Harvard Business School.

When someone jokingly asked if the snap was taken by Mira Nair, the famous Indian filmmaker who is also a Harvard alum, he shared another interesting anecdote. Saying that Nair was her junior in college and belonged to the “same college film department,” Mahindra joked: “She always lied to me that I was ‘sold to the establishment’ when I left cinema behind and went to business school!”

Mahindra’s post got a lot of talk online, who not only guessed the name of the camera, but also tried to find out what it was shooting in MP.

When a Twitter user commented that he had to document “Bhil Youth”, asking if he was in Jhabua district shooting during the Bhagoria festival, Mahindra agreed. “Exactly on all counts!! The name of the village was ‘Dahi’,” he added.

While netizens were thrilled to know about Mahindra’s passion for filmmaking, May urged him to share old works and even encouraged him to follow his heart. “It’s never too late to pursue your dream, why not start it again,” one person commented.


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