Born: Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Jaideep Varma is an Indian writer, screenwriter and filmmaker. He has made 4 feature films – Hulla (2008, fiction), Leaving Home – the Life & Music of Indian Ocean (2010, non-fiction), Baavra Mann – a Film on Sudhir Mishra & Other Indian Realities (2013, non fiction). and I Am Offended! (2015, non fiction).In 2013, Hulla was included in a book on unsung Mumbai cinema classics over 50 years, a book called 40 Retakes by Avijit Ghosh.Leaving Home opened the Indian Panorama at the Goa International Film Festival in 2010 and won the National Film Award in 2011. At the 58th National Film Awards, the documentary went on to win the Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film.His third full-length documentary film was on stand-up comedy in India and the larger context of contemporary Indian humour. The film is called I Am Offended and it released free online on youtube in February 2015.Before that, he published a novel (Local) in 2005.Between 1989 and 2000, he worked in advertising as a copywriter (in agencies like Mudra Communications, Ogilvy & Mather, Everest Saatchi & Saatchi, Nexus Equity and Cornerstone).He also wrote for various publications primarily on music, most notably for the magazine Gentleman (magazine) between 1998 and 2001.In March 2009, he accidentally created the Impact Index – an alternative statistical system in cricket. It has gone on to become the most written about alternative statistical system in the history of the game. Since 2010, he has been working full-time on this.
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