Swaroop Kanchi (born 29 June 1983) is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter.
Making feature-length English-language – primarily independent films through Tapas Films, based in Bangalore, Karnataka – his films include the romance-drama films Hong Kong Dreaming (2008) and Bengaloored (2010).
He was born in Bangalore.
Kanchi, a design student learnt the art of filmmaking by himself. He started off with a few low-budget films which earned him recognition for his creativity, technique, approach and story-telling skills. One of his first films Something Taboo, dealt with misconceptions about sexually transmitted diseases and myths about HIV – one of his first attempts at socially relevant films.
He worked on the film Black Sugar which premiered at the New York Film Festival. Kanchi has also worked on Sleeping with the Enemy's Son, Acid and Taxiwallah, all American independent films made in Los Angeles, California.
Presently based in Mumbai Kanchi has worked on films promoting education for street children with a film for Akanksha. Kanchi also collaborated with DreamWorks to make a film on the similarities and differences between Bollywood and Hollywood; the film featured many notable film personalities of Indian film industry. He has also made documentary film about the Kumbh Mela a mass Hindu pilgrimage. This was followed by non-fiction film projects based on Indian spirituality and cultural heritage in Cambodia, the Himalayas, India and Thailand.
Hong Kong Dreaming (2008), an English-language film shot in Hong Kong, made with British actress, and Hollywood actor/producer Kai Wong, resulting in his biggest film to date. The film premiered at the International Film Festival of England and later at the Bengalooru Film Festival.
In 2008, Kanchi served as the production manager on the short film Supraman and the School of Necessity with UK-based filmmakers. The film's cast were from real slums in Bangalore and stars a young child from an orphanage. It earned international acclaim and was lauded by many internationally acclaimed directors and film personalities. The film brought awareness to the cause of every child's right to basic education.
His film Bengaloored (2010) was set for an Indian wide release in 2010.
Kanchi has been working on a film based on Gautama Buddha, a big-budget film to be shot mostly in India and South East Asia.