Shajan Samuel was born and brought up in Kolkata, West Bengal, and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the prestigious St. Xavier’s College. He started earning at the young age of 16, knocking on people’s doors and selling ads. He later completed his Advanced Management Program from IIM (Kolkata).
In his long prolific career, he has worked with companies like MRF, JK Tyre & Industries, Aptech, Quess Corp Limited, and TeamLease. He was, in fact, the youngest State Head for JK Tyre at the age of 29. He also was the one who launched the first MBA Programme in Media and Entertainment with Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International Institute.
But early on, Samuel came to a realisation that all his wealth and achievements will mean nothing when he dies – all the luxury cars, watches, clothes, etc., can’t be carried along with one. So he decided to dedicate his life to others, to the poor and the ones who need help. He helped raise money to help the victims of acid attacks, organised an open street festival for autistic kids, and a walkathon in support of ‘Say No to Tobacco’, and took young female orphans to a PVR theatre for movie-watching.
Samuel’s films, too, reflect his genuine interest in contributing to the betterment of the society. ‘The Resilient Bangalore Traffic Cop’ and ‘ABC’ talk about the social issues that are closest to his heart.
Currently working as senior vice president at MAAC (Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics), a marque brand of Aptech Ltd., Samuel also runs his own production company which aspires to set up a friendly ecosystem for short films and documentaries.
Shajan Samuel is a man of action. He believes that human compassion is not dead and that there are many people in the world who are willing to help. He is one of the many people who live their ordinary lives in extraordinary ways.
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Written by Catherine Shadap.