After completing his studies in mechanical engineering, Kovid Mittal turned to modeling and theater. The young person feels that he must follow his instinct and his passion and things automatically fall into place.
âMy dad was in the India Air Force and pursuing engineering was my choice. But, during my college days, I started modeling and quickly won the Mr Youth Bangalore competition. It became my passion, so I convinced my parents and since it’s been a decade and I’ve never been unemployed. Even during the pandemic, I was making short films and documentaries, âsays the model turned actor.
Last year he shot for a 90 minute documentary, 3687 meters Black Peak, which has won numerous awards. âIt’s one of the highest peaks (20,960 feet) in Uttarakhand and we climbed it in a record six days. It received the Cinematography Award at the 2021 Canadian Film Festival and has was the official selection at the 2021 Dada Saheb Phalke Awards. Then we’ll make two sequels – first 23,212 feet from Mount Satopanth in India, followed by Mount Everest. mountaineering of this scale is carried out in our country, âexplains the karate black belt and national-level swimmer.
Mittal believes the documentary space is about to get big. âIn India, we need to focus on documentaries. Free solo, based on escalation, won an Oscar in 2019. So I think movies and series and web series are good, but documentaries and short films have huge potential and will be the next big things. Audience relates to realistic space and if we look at OTT platforms there are a lot of documentaries that get a good number of viewers. “
He has also directed 12 short films. âMy last short film was Kanke’s mental asylum who is in the horror genre. This is still one part of a three-part series. I will soon be doing a first OTT series based on Sunil Sihag’s novel The day is darkening which stars actor Rahul Dev as a mentor. We will shoot it at the Rajasthan border in October.
The actor also featured in Babbu Maan’s song Meri Jannat, the song by Altaf Sayeed and Omar Inayat Eyes Closed: Kahan Tum Kho Gaye and will be seen in Awara Hu Banjar Hu which is an ode to the officers of the Indian Air Force. In addition, he also directs documentaries, advertisements and short films.
Throwing light on his first name, he said: âKovid is a Sanskrit name derived from Hanuman Chalisa which means wisdom. After the pandemic, I started receiving random messages if my name was inspired by Covid-19, then I made people aware of its relevance (laughs). “