Aakash Raj is a cinematographer based in LA, earned his MFA in cinematography from American Film Institute. He is known for his work in the films like TEEN AUR AADHA where he won Dadasahab Phalke Best Cinematographer award and the film is playing on NETFLIX, ARABIAN ALIEN which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and the film YUNTUM.
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Aakash Raj found his love for making images by sketches and illustration in his childhood. He carried this passion to convey stories on bigger canvas as a gaffer and AC on 11 features and over 250 commercials before graduating to cinematography. In his highly decorated eight years as a director of photography, Aakash has shot six feature films, multiple shorts and commercials. His recent short Arabian Alien was premiered at Sundance. He won The Dadasaheb Phalke Best Cinematography award for the film TEEN AUR AADHA and won best cinematography award at Pride Film Festival US and Genre Celebration Festival for his short STALLS and VINCENT respectively. He shot the ad campaign for BAJAJ V INVINCIBLE INDIANS, garnering him the award for The Most Effective Ad Campaign 2017 at The Brand and Leadership Conclave. His short films have won awards and nominations at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival-France and Digital Box Office Awards-Los Angeles, among others.