Neel Kumar was born in Calcutta, India but has lived in Dubai, Canada and Sri Lanka. A former copywriter, he started his advertising career at Young and Rubicam and later moved to Saatchi & Saatchi.
Leaving Saatchi in 2011 to set up akela, a film production company based in Dubai, Neel has since written, directed and produced commercials and corporate films for clients like Emirates, Land Rover, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Toshiba, and Samsung. His first short film ‘Security’ has been part of the Official Selection at over fifteen major film festivals, and has earned wins and nominations for Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography, Acting and Editing.
He is currently working on ‘Siren’ – his first feature film – set in Dubai.