Having honed his artistic skills with a voluminous stunt in the field of advertising and graphic designs, Sujeet Sawant forayed into the film world with popular movies such as Swades (2004) and Devdas (2002) to name a few. His work also includes national award winning I am (2011) and Mirch (2012).
An engineer by academics, Sujeet is known for his ability to back stunning aesthetics with strong logic and exceptional finesse that has translated the vision of many directors to sets that can range from a hut to a palace, with equal aplomb and a signature finish.
The hugely acclaimed film Bajirao-Mastani, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is known for his magnanimous vision, was brought to life, which started as an extensive research of bygone era, to an opulent cinematic recreation of the early Peshwa Era. The production design of the movie helps the audience to relive the grandeur and magnitude of the Maratha Empire.
Sujeet strongly lives by the adage, “God is in the details” and leaves no stone unturned to live by it. His lifetime ambition is to humbly dedicate his knowledge and skills to the field of filmmaking with honesty and sincerity.
Sriram Kannan Iyengar, 45, began his career as an assistant director to Tanuja Chandra in 1998. Around the same time had the fortune of assisting Mahesh Bhatt on Zakhm as well. During the process he developed keen interest in art direction and production design. In the year 2001 he shifted gears towards art by joining a renowned art director. After working for a couple of years on various projects, he proceeded to hone his craft further in 2003 by studying visual media and communications in the US.
He returned to India in 2005 and in association with his friend and partner Sujeet Subhash Sawant launched his own company Yantra Designs. Some of the feature films that he worked on as a production designer and art director include I Am, Dil Jo Bhi Kahein, Mirch, Agent Vinod and finally Bajirao Mastani.
Iyengar and Sawant have over 100 TV commercials under their belt and have even designed the sets for several music videos. Bajirao Mastani (2016) remains their most ambitious, lavish and challenging project.