Ayappa KM is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter. Over the course of his 15-year career, Ayappa’s advertisements have won various Indian and international awards including One Show, D&Ad, Cannes Lion, The One Show, Spikes and the Kyoorius Black Elephant three years running. He has directed commercials for Times of India, Bigrock, Cadbury, Bingo, Comedy Central and Zepto. His work for Flipkart, Ambuja Cements (featuring the wrestler Khali) and his campaigns for Cred have been widely popular across India. He is best known for his oddball humour and quirky casting. Ayappa’s foray into long-form directing work includes War Room (from Amazon’s Unpaused- 2), Season 1 of the yet-to-be-released political satire Gormint, the upcoming drama Runners and the hybrid documentary, Kunde (‘Arse’). He currently co-owns one of India’s top production houses- Early Man Film, along with Anand Menon.
Ayappa KM, Neville Shah in conversation with Ankur Pathak