Nalin was born as Nalin Kumar Pandya, in a small town in Gujarat, India. His father owns a tea stall at Khijadiya railway station near Amreli. He lives in India and France.
Pan Nalin studied Fine Arts at the M. S. University of Baroda and went on to learn Design at the National Institute of Design. He made four animation films and twenty short silent films before moving to Mumbai where he worked as production runner until directors realised his potential and started to give him opportunities to direct commercials and corporate films.
This award winning film director, screenwriter and documentary maker is best known for his amazing and award winning films like Samsara, Valley of Flowers and Ayurveda: Art of Being. He received international acclaim just after the release of his first film Samsara which made him win over 30 international awards. His other feature film Valley of Flowers was pre-sold in 35 countries and is considered a major underground hit. He was invited to be on the panel for the France-India Co-production forum at Salon du Cinema in Paris along with the delegation headed by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Nalin says that Indians are “hungry for good documentaries”. And we think his amazing work is satiating that hunger.
In 2006 Pan Nalin was awarded Spain's award Vida Sana for his contribution to ecology. Also in 2007, TMG (David Flint's Triangle Media Group UK) awarded Pan Nalin as one of the Top 50 Achievers in Global Mainstream Media in the field of film, theatre and drama.
Pan Nalin has served as jury member at international film festivals along with celebrities like; Roman Polanski, Maria de Medeiros, Jamel Debbouze, Ludivine Sagnier, David Wenham, Paz Vega, Sandrine Bonnaire and Teddy Chan.
Pan Nalin is probably the only Indian screenwriter to be twice invited to a Screenwriter's lab Equinoxe along with top Hollywood screenwriters like; Ron Bass, David and Janet Peoples, James V. Hart and Shane Black among others. Legendary Diva of French Cinema Jeanne Moreau headed the writer's lab. Pan Nalin's latest tragicomedy screenplay Slightly Sane won the CJ Entertainment's Award for the Best International Project at Pusan 2009.
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