FILMING IN INDIA?

Planning to film your documentary, commercial or branded content film in India?  Work with Amit Vachharajani and Backpack Films – the best team of Fixers you can find in India.

LOOKING FOR A FIXER?

Filming in India can be an exhilarating experience. Or it can be daunting. It all depends on who your fixers are. Why not go with the team that the best international film crews trust?

Responsive. Resourceful. Reliable.

Quick responses to your queries. A network of resourceful researchers and fixers around the country. Reliable information and astute advice – we watch out for you and take care of the millions of tiny details that you might miss!
ABOUT US

Amit Vachharajani has over 15 years’ of experience fixing shoots in India. He heads Backpack Films, the most sought-after fixing and production services company in India.

Backpack Films provides extensive and reliable production services to international film crews who shoot documentaries, corporate films, photo shoots, online videos and commercials across India. From large scale reality shows to Observational Documentaries, from current-affairs  programs to food shows, from travel shows to magic shows – Backpack Films has fixed them all.

Some of the best production companies from across the world like Two Four, Revelations, Renegade, Burning Bright, RDF; broadcasters like Discovery Network, BBC, Nat Geo, Channel 4, ITV; presenters like Morgan Freeman, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Dynamo and Paul O’Grady and corporates like Ikea, Google, John Deere, Porsche, Rolex, rely on Amit and the Backpack Films team when they film in India.

SERVICES

FIXING & PRODUCTION

We provide fixing and line production services for documentaries, feature films, branded content, corporate films, commercials and photo shoots. Our team of experienced and efficient fixers will work with you on the research, recce, costing, translating and make sure you shoot goes off trouble-free.

PERMITS

Acquiring permits to film on location in India often gets you wound up inred-tape. We simplify the general Filming in India permit process and help you get other location-specific permissions so you can film on trainsandin temples, at monumentsand in wildlife sanctuaries.

EQUIPMENT & CREW HIRE

Looking at hiring crew and filming gear locally? We will help you find the right camera person, sound recordist, grip or gaffer anywhere in the country. We can also facilitate the renting of the latest HD cameras, lights, grip and sound equipment from trusted suppliers.

RESEARCH

We provide actual, on-ground research to give you the real picture of the story you want to film and to help you find untold stories. We will find you perfect characters and locations to make your story nuanced and in-depth. Our insights into the social, cultural and historical aspects of the story will be invaluable to your film.

CONTENT PRODUCTION

If coming down to India is not feasible for you, our team of directors and producers are well equipped to follow your brief. We undertake independent filming assignments for corporate films, documentaries, interviews, GVs, and also can deliver professional high quality footage to you using local crew.

LOGISTICS

We can organise appropriate accommodation for your crew keeping in mind the location, budget and safety. We also have a network of reliable car rental companies across India with knowledgeable, experienced and safe drivers. Special vehicles, equipment vans, boats, tuk-tuks or even a camel– we can arrange for them all!
OUR FILMS
TESTIMONIALS
Amit at Backpack Films is simply our GO TO person, and I would strongly recommend him to anyone that plans to film in India. Our production has used him and his great supporting team on three occasions, shooting and scouting in multiple Indian cities and locations. He has an incredible knowledge of how things work in India, and his extensive experience and connections gave us invaluable production support across every area, from applying for our Visas, compliance, locations, finding people, sourcing local production assistance, helping with medical care, dealing with difficult shooting conditions and right through to the final edit. Backpack Films was a very big asset to our team. Amit’s brilliant humour, professionalism and support carried us through many, many challenging shoots, often in hostile and tricky locations. His bespoke service based on the team’s magical needs was legendary. I literally expected miracles and I got them. Debbie E Young

Producer, Dynamo Magician Impossible, Phil McIntyre Productions

Amit and his team at Backpack Films are diligent, precise and practical. They tell you what can be done, and find alternative solutions where your requests are difficult to achieve. They care about your shoot, and making it the best it can be. Amanda Lyon

Director, World's Busiest Railway, BBC

Working with Amit and Backpack was a pleasure and the guidance and support given by them was top notch. The result of what we produced was made all the better by having Backpack on our side. Appreciate them very much and wouldn’t question using them again. Rick Horsfall

Director, Rolex Awards, Proudfoot

We’ve worked with Amit on a couple of tricky and unusual projects, at either ends of India. Each time, he’s set us up with exactly what we need and has been perfectly reliable and responsive throughout. I don’t think I’d risk filming in India without his support and his network! Richard Neville

Founder, Animl

Amit and Backpack Films were frankly indispensable on our latest endeavour in India. From day one we knew we were in safe hands. Amit handled all of our production needs professionally, swiftly, and most importantly, with a smile. He is the go-to guy for British production companies needing a facilitator in India, simply excellent! Ian Homans

Production Manager, Paul O'Grady's Amazing Animals, ITV, Shiver

Amit is genuinely interested in the ideas behind projects – I’ve always had a quick response to enquiries. Filming in lots of parts of India become possible based on Backpack Films’ depth of experience working across the subcontinent. We received plenty of advice and support for all filming permit paperwork. Backpack Films found ways of making possible our shoot in India despite our limited funds. We came away with stunning footage from a rarely-seen corner of India and a happy crew. Jasmine Millet

Producer-Director, No Man's Land, Story Shop Ltd.

Working with Backpack Films truly facilitated filming in India with ease and zero issues.  They helped with film permits, journalist visas, location permits, securing interviews, equipment, crew and logistics.  Everything was excellent and the value-add was that we came in under budget.  I look forward to working with the Backpack Films again in the future.

Daniel Kennedy

Producer-Director, Eating Well, Living Long, Eagle's Flight Studio

CONTACT US
CONNECT WITH US
Backpack Films
401 Sringar Heritage,
11th Road,Chembur
Mumbai 400071
India

Email: amit@backpackfilms.in, anita@backpackfilms.in
Looking to work with us? Mail us on:  jobs@backpackfilms.in
Tel: 91-22-25280307
Mob: 91-9820333925

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