To excel in artistic pursuits, individuals must possess the natural ability to showcase what’s appealing to target audiences. In filmmaking, it is extremely difficult to please viewers. From among probably millions of movies out there, audiences get hooked to only a few of them. And when they do, it is because the scenes were directed perfectly, the plot is unique, and the overall quality is exceptional. These aspects, and more, come together to produce memorable and timeless movies. And this has been the focus of Sandeep JL’s career as a director and producer of action movies.
As a child, Sandeep JL, born Sandeep Jacob Lukose, was highly exposed to martial arts. The Indian-American Kottayam-native entered and won several fight tournaments when he was young. He was focused on that while pouring over countless martial arts movies during his free time. This routine eventually influenced him to become an actor. Sandeep highly envisioned himself performing on the big screen as an action star; he continued to learn many forms of martial arts from different countries. He is prolific in kung fu, taekwondo, muay thai, jujitsu, boxing, etc. — and has won tournaments in these areas.
When he moved to the US, he set his eyes for Hollywood. Like any start-up actor or director, the path toward stardom in Hollywood is difficult. One had to compete with hundreds, if not thousands, of others who are also vying for a shot to capture the public eye.
But Sandeep JL and his deeply rooted skill in martial arts gained him a professional circle that has helped him in his journey. The similarly interested group of friends that Sandeep has gained led him to produce short clips and sequences. This led to his first official short film, Secret Intelligence, in 2018.
Sandeep JL went on to widen and strengthen his connections within Hollywood by partnering with other practitioners. He’s worked as a fight choreographer, editor, camera operator, and many other jobs. In all of these, Sandeep delivered what was expected of him, so effortlessly that he kept a solid reputation among his peers.
In 2019, he started filming his first action feature-length film, Outrage. It is the newest addition to Sandeep’s masterpieces. It was written and conceptualized a year before it was filmed. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the film’s premiere was cut short, showing it only to a small audience in Houston May of this year.
Outrage has caught the attention of many critics who speak highly of the movie, even if it was shown only to a limited audience. It has snatched various awards in international film festivals. It is even surprising that the movie was shot on a minimal budget yet did not fall short in both the technical and creative aspects. Once allowed to premiere to a bigger audience, Sandeep hopes that the movie will make an impression on viewers and the movie industry.
Sandeep JL revealed that a new project is underway. And action fans cannot wait for it. This time, Sandeep and his team at JL Films have a bigger budget and expect to collaborate with Hollywood actors.
The future is bright for Sandeep JL and his company, JL Films. His expertise in martial arts allows him to direct and execute fight sequences seamlessly. And this is what separates him from all the others.
For more information about Sandeep JL, visit his YouTube channel.