16 - While at college, he's exposed to fringe films like the controversial movie Antichrist by the Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier. The graphically violent and yet thought provoking IFC-distributed film widens Vinod's horizons and demonstrates to him the power of film to shock and awe audiences.
21 - During his summer break, Vinod decides to put his Netflix account to good use and binge watches The Walking Dead, a zombie TV show that aired on AMC. Vinod had deemed it unworthy of his time because of the saturation of zombies in american pop culture at the time and he thought AMC was just jumping on the zombie bandwagon.
14 - While watching the Emmys, Vinod stumbles across another show he decides to add to his viewing list - another AMC drama - this time it's one set in the 1960s, about an ad executive in New York City. The show quickly proves to be Vinod's new favorite and takes over his TV viewing once Breaking Bad ends.
7 - It's in theaters like the IFC Center that Vinod comes across indie gems like the British director Richard Ayoade's first film: Submarine - a movie that speaks to Vinod personally, as a teenager that feels like an outsider in his world.
8 - Starting to notice the IFC Films logo popping up in a lot of independent films, Vinod - ever the film aficionado - seeks out more films by the distribution company. He comes across Fish Tank, a British indie film by the writer-director Andrea Arnolds. This film, along with Submarine, introduces Vinod to British independent cinema and British media in general.
18 - On holiday in Los Angeles one summer, Vinod and his friends decide to watch a stand-up comedy show in town. They end up going to a Marc Maron show at the Comedy Store in West L.A. Vinod loves the experience and becomes a fan of Maron's work, subscribing to his podcast: WTF, and regularly watching his IFC TV series, Maron.
19 - While listening to episodes of Marc Maron's podcast, which regularly features guests, he's introduced to comedians Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci who are promoting their new IFC show Garfunkel and Oates. Vinod is a fan of the show and is crestfallen when their show is cancelled after just one season.
12 - As Vinod gets deeper into "critically acclaimed" TV programming, he decides he has to watch BBC America's highly rated documentary Planet Earth. He's a big fan of the naturalist David Attenborough, who narrated the documentary. The show impresses on Vinod the idea that man is just a part of nature and that his problems pale in the grand scheme of things.
23 - By the end of his senior year at school, Vinod and his girlfriend Varuna spend a lot of time at each others apartments when they're not working on their student films, watching episodes of Better Call Saul, their new favorite TV show.
2 - Growing up, he particularly enjoys Hollywood action movies of the late 90's like Saving Private Ryan and the James Bond films. As a teenager, he grows interested in politically-charged documentaries, and critically-acclaimed classic films like Schindler's List, Pulp Fiction, and Raging Bull.
10 - One of the things Vinod misses about India is the TV shows he used to watch. Unable to download episodes from internet, he's ecstatic when he discovers that his favorite TV program - the British motoring show Top Gear - is broadcast in the U.S. under the BBC America channel.
11 - While watching Top Gear, Vinod stumbles across BBC America's flagship program: Doctor Who, the long-running science fiction show about a time-traveling alien. The show impresses Vinod with its wit and imaginativeness and cements his anglophile phase.
5 - To satiate his interest in how movies are made, Vinod begins to watch episodes of "Anatomy of a Scene", a show that premiered on SundanceTV. As his interest in pursuing a career in Hollywood production grows, Vinod has a stroke of luck: his father decides to move the family to the United States owing to his new job.
25 - The first day of shooting is a blur for Vinod. He's come a long way since the days of watching movies on his computer. He's hungry to prove his talent and do his best on the job. It turns out the film will be distributed in the United States by Sundance Select - a brand of IFC Films, and by extension, AMC Networks.
15 - After graduating from high school, Vinod's passion for cinema and television storytelling leads him to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he plans to major in Film and Television production.