Anil Naidu was an assistant director in the Indian film industry when he met Waman Bhonsle, a legend among film editors. He started assisting him and professes himself immensely fortunate and privileged to have done so.
He moved to advertising films and worked with filmmakers Sumantho Ghosal and Ram Madhvani (Equinox) and Namita Roy Ghosh and Subir Chatterjee (Whitelight). He’s edited close to a thousand commercials for filmmakers like Nomita and Subir, Shekhar Kapoor, Mukul Anand, Kunal Kapoor, Vikas Sivraman, Sanjeev Khamgaonkar, Sumit Chopra, Ashok Salian and Mahesh Aney. He’s also edited two feature films – ‘White Noise’ for Vinta Nanda; ‘Paa’ for R. Balki.
He established ‘Zeitgeist Motion Imaging’ and ‘Powerful International’ and directed and produced over 250 ad films for brands like Mercedes Benz, Johnson & Johnson, Nivea, Sunsilk, Eveready, Thums Up, Britannia, Vim and Amul. He also conceptualised and produced television shows like ‘This week That Year’ (hosted by Nikhil Kapoor), ‘The Bhaskar Ghose Show’ (hosted by Bhaskar Ghose), ‘Picture This’ (hosted by Dalip Tahil), ‘Bombay Times’ (hosted by Malavika Sanghvi), ‘Star Biz’ (hosted by Lisa Ray and Kelly Dorji), ‘Cook Na Kaho’ (hosted by Upen Patel/ Shayan Munshi/ Angad Bedi) and ‘Figure it Out’
-The Fitness Show.
He was part of a collaborative effort to form an animation studio and made six feature length animation films titled ‘Rulers of India’, for NDTV Imagine.
He then started LinProductions with Lowe Lintas. Among the directors he’s worked with are R.Balki, Gauri Shinde, Anurag Basu, Shekhar Kapoor, Prasant Issar, Sainath Chaudhary, Habib Faisal, Nikhil Rao, Amit Roy, Bejoi Nambiar, Rahul Sengupta, Anaam Mishra and a host of international directors. Helming LinProductions, he’s produced commercials for clients like ICICI, Micromax, Havells, Godrej HIT, IDEA, Hindustan Times, Tanishq, Bharat Matrimonial, Maruti D’zire and MRF.
He co-produced R. Balki’s feature film ‘Shamitabh’, and is producing the filmmakers next one too. He’s working on the script of a film he wants to direct next year.