The Crew

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Mallika Sothinathan


Mallika Sothinathinathan iscurrently the Director of New Horizon Media Arts and has been associated with several TV channels in India like Zee and ETV when she was an Indian citizen. She migrated to Canada in 1999 and is a Canadian citizen. She has a Master’s in Mass Communication from Mass Communication Research Center Delhi. Mallika is writing a book and has completed a film on the domestic workers of India. This film currently submitted at Hot Doc festivals and will be doing the festival rounds. The film touches on their daily struggle, violence, human trafficking and empowerment. She has 19 years’ experience in retail, 7 years operation management and 12 years in planogram and data design and analytics. Prior to retail, she worked in the TV industry in India. She loves to write, travel and has a passion for public speaking. She has a 17-year-old son, who loves technology.

Mallika can speak and write 4 South Asian languages. She is an activist and advocate for women and children’s rights. She is currently enrolled in her first year in the Social Service Worker Program.

Ayush Das

Ayush Das


Ayush Das is a travel, wedding, lifestyle, documentary cinematographer/photographer based in Mumbai and also the creator of his company Strange Sadhu. He teams up with you to come up with unusual yet powerful images that reflect emotions. His USP lies in capturing the beauty of the details and the spontaneity of the moment. Das has acquired his cinematography skills at a renowned Film Institute in Mumbai. He also specializes in candid, contemporary and documentary photography. You can find him on his instagram @ayushdas and twitter @ayushdas

Maloshree Sanyal

Maloshree Sanyal

Assistant Director

​Maloshree Sanyal is a travel, lifestyle and a documentary photographer/cinematographer based in New Delhi. She is a travel enthusiast and specialises in nature and street photography. She has done her post graduate in film production, direction, photography/cinematography and broadcast journalism from an institute based in New Delhi. She also has a keen interest in exploring cultures and people and has a knack for writing, painting and travel blogging. You can reach her on email at or

Alex Das

Alex Das


Alex Das is the Film Editor of Crossing the River India. His passion for film started early as he started writing screenplays at the age of 10 and created movies with his brothers. He graduated from Ryerson University with a Certificate in Film Studies and a Diploma in Business from Sheridan College. His sense of story telling, his vivid imagination and pacing brings projects to the next level.

He is currently the Creative Producer for HDS Media Productions, a Company which specializes in short films and corporate videos.

Carroll Chiramel

Carroll Chiramel

Post Production

​Carroll was born in Mumbai, India. He started as an assistant film editor in Bollywood before moving to Canada. A film Graduate from Sheridan College, he has edited several short films such as White Lock, Meet the Parents, Goddam Sensitive Man, Abnegation, Forbidden Tikka Masala and and feature films such as Under the Same Sun, Get the Sucker Back. His works have been showcased at the Toronto Short Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Milledgeville Film Festival, Amsterdam film festival and to name a few. Working in Indian and Canadian Cinema has helped him inculcate an astute sense of both Indian and international cinema, a blend of which becomes the hallmark of his works. His post production studio is well equipped with professional editing and colour grading setup to deliver a high quality films. Carroll will shortly take his next step as director and producer.

Colin D'Cruz


Colin D’Cruz got into music as a bassplayer with resident bands at some of the finest hotels in India. Ten years of six nights a week gigs, laid the foundation for a long and chequered career that took him through just about every genre of music, collaborating with all kinds of musicians, on assignments all over the world. An open mind, open ears and ‘best is yet to come’ philosophy keeps him in tune with evolving sounds of music and widens his musical horizons on a continuous basis. Colin may perform several different genres of music, with various ensembles, at any given point of time but he always finds himself at home with jazz- the most open, alive and evolving form of music. Colin currently produces music out of his own studio and continues to perform all over India as well as internationally. You can reach him at @colinbassman


Daniela Pinto

Sound Designer

Daniela is a composer, sound editor, and re-recording mixer based in the Greater Toronto Area. Although she once tried to pursue a ‘practical’ career in law, her artistic inclinations eventually steered her toward a career in film instead. Outside of making and watching movies, she enjoys cooking, learning new instruments, and playing video games.