Avinash Kumar Singh
Avinash Kumar Singh is one half of a filmmaker couple that helm their production company
Turtle on a Hammock Films. Between his editor/director wife Geeta and him, they have
directed upwards of thirty documentaries, a number of which are multiple award winning. “A
Green Agony”, on climate change affecting the Sunderban tiger reserve in West Bengal, was a
finalist at the Panda Awards, also known as the Green Oscars in the United Kingdom.
He also has had the privilege of being one of the last people to film with HRH the late Rajmata
Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, for a film that was telecast on the Discovery Channel. Having directed
another Discovery Channel series and anchoring/directing programming across the BBC, Star
TV and numerous Television commercials in India, he thrives on content driven storytelling,
which rely on craft and performances.
Listen Amaya is his debut feature film as a director and one where along with his wife Geeta,
he has donned multiple hats during the production. Primarily being a director/writer, Avinash
believes basic emotions such as anger, love, pain, loneliness and happiness are very powerful
to watch or observe. These emotions fascinate both Geeta and him as filmmakers, because
instinctively, most of us base a lot of our decisions and reactions on how we feel about
something or someone, and very rarely has that instinct let both of them down.
One of Avinash’s strengths as a director is that he articulates stories that are universally
appealing in content. Visualization of characters is organic enough to make them feel like you
know the characters for years; almost like old friends and family. And he likes to tell stories with
a candor and truth, which is sometimes missing in modern day filmmaking.
The couple is currently gearing up for a theatrical release of Listen Amaya, while also
simultaneously working on their second feature story, diametrically different in feel, flavour and
style from their debut film.