Tarsem Singh is a film, commercial and music video director. Born in India, he attended the prestigious Bishop Cotton School, one of the oldest boarding schools in Asia. After traveling to the United Stated to study business at Harvard, he switched to filmmaking and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Singh gained widespread attention in 1991 when he directed the music video for the R.E.M. smash hit "Losing My Religion." The video won awards for Best Direction in a Video, Breakthrough Video and Best Video of the Year at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, along with being nominated for a Grammy. Singh also directed videos for artists En Vogue, Vanessa Paradis
and Suzanne Vega, along with numerous television commercials. Some of his commercial work includes spots for Nike, Levi's, Philips, Absolut Vodka, Toyota Prius, Pepsi, Gatorade, Smirnoff, Coca Cola, NFL, Sprint and Verizon.
In 2000 Singh made the jump to feature film, directing the movie The Cell. The psychological crime thriller starred Jennifer Lopez
as a psychotherapist who uses a revolutionary new treatment to enter the twisted mind of the comatose serial killer in an attempt to save his last victim. The Cell was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup, an International Horror Guild Award, four Saturn Awards at the 2001 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films and a Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay.
In 2006 Singh directed The Fall, his second feature film. Debuting at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, the movie told the story of a bedridden man who befriends a little girl and tells her vivid, fantastical stories while staying at a hospital. The Fall won a Best Film Award at the 2007 Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival and a Special Mention at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.