Content creators are everything to PowerDrift. Every member swears fealty to the core idea of Power Drift; transform and revolutionize the way Indian Motoring is perceived. In an attempt to bring you the ‘real-deal’ version of motoring, the true grit of motorsports and the triumphant passion of a million enthusiasts across India, we have devised our own way of working.
We are not “The Industry”. We don’t work like “The industry” and we don’t refer to “Industry” standards (while we silently break the norms and continue to create new trends). We attempt to make our own standards, our own benchmarks and the results are expected to percolate on your screen. Here is a low down on all those who make it possible.
The Colonel Sanders of new age Indian motoring as we like to describe him, Rohan Albal a.k.a TenHut started PowerDrift, erstwhile PTR (Power to The Rider) with one mission – “To showcase Indian motoring in a way it deserves to be seen” and swears by it to this date. Plays every card right from running the show, to writing terrific, driving fantastic and edit videos. With the acquired alias “TenHut” from his gaming career, he loves his Aprilia and hates long queues at McDonalds. Rohan speaks 26 native languages including fluent satire, while his mother tongue is German. Scaling team PowerDrift to new heights, one video at a time, we’d like to think Rohan is a human embodiment of what he wishes the channel to be – Awe-frigging-some!
With a mind deeper than the Indian Ocean and more mysterious than the Bermuda Triangle, Agent Shetty is known to be a close aide of the Oracle and carries on the PowerDrift prophecy on the worldwide web. When not editing magic through his fingers (which are insured for a few million $$$ btw) , you will find him decimating opponents in online gaming or being a good dog daddy to his 4 legged son, Mojo (without the Jojo). Shetty is the guiding force behind all the on screen magic, right from spinning intriguing stories to creating automotive character that stands the test of time. And since he is always running overclocked processors, one must keep the AC temps below 18 degrees celsius to prevent him from melting. That, and ice-cream!
Irish proverb generating, SuperCommuTouring, pizza-culling Satyen is our “Wise Wizard” or “Gandalf the Grey” ; a groundbreaking discovery of a person in the PowerDrift universe that created many big bangs. Satyen Poojary went about infusing into the team everything that he had learnt in his 5000 years life-experience and instilled self-faith and armed the rest of the team with just the wisdom they needed. We usually offer prayers to lord Satyen through offerings of delicious and usually thin crust – Pizzas!
Today Satyen Poojary spearheads just about everything at PowerDrift. This man earns the double WOW title. WOW spelled backwards…WOW
“Sargent Sheldekar” or Sarge as he is lovingly called by everyone, was mistaken for a machine on two wheels with his superhuman moves, 40+ degree lean angles and racing pedigree, his extraordinary diet of fully synthetic oil and soft compound tires. But alas, Sagar was found to be human when he had a little princess of a daughter he lovingly calls “Senna” – dedicated to the legendary Ayrton Senna da Silva who he worships. Having sold his soul to the devil in exchange for sheer brilliance on any motorcycle you put Sarge on, one will otherwise find him working on stories, planning his next motorcycle review his fans love so much, and of course, order a ton of junk food, while at work!
Ritwik “The Priest” Bhatt retains his title of do-it-all at PowerDrift. From being technologically sound about automotive technologies, to his excellent and failsafe abilities to handle 4 wheels and 2 wheels alike. Ritwik plays enabler, managing, hosting various projects and keeping the team up-to-date from a technology standpoint as well. When not spearheading production, Ritwik loves starring in comic flicks, and calling people “bananas”, in Hindi
Simple living and Technological thinking defines the Nomad a.k.a OneShoeMan. Part Car enthusiast, and part technology freak-of-nature, Anshuman is an ace lensman full-time. An innovator of new techniques and technologies that makes the impossible seem easy. Anshu loves going on long romantic drives in his Polo GT TSI and his idea of a perfect date is a 20 hour nap with no breaks. Claims to be a Sigur Ros fan but found blasting metal on peaceful occasions in his car-stereo. Achtung!
PowerDrift’s only “Sir”, Ajay ‘Reliability Expert’ Singh is the only person who shoots more than he talks. Packs in a lot of industry experience and as reliable as a ‘fire and forget’ cruise missile, Ajay forms spins a cobweb of creative ideas and gets the job done with whatever camera you give him. A jack of all the trades is often more useful than a specialist and our reliability expert proves that to the world once again. Just needs more “Aalu” though! #MaarHiDala
LC stands for Liquid Cooled. Why do you ask? Well, Rohit manages to keep his head cool while managing production, administration and almost every other aspect here at PowerDrift without losing steam. The coolant of his choice is Old Monk and we hear he has a lifetime membership at the Mango Tree Vagator. Work hard and party harder is LC’s Mantra! We can’t help but admire this, with a lot of “Kautuk”!
Lambo Fanboy – We all envy GP for the things he has accomplished at his age. At 19 years old, this wonderkid edits fantastic videos, goes on weekend rides with his Duke, and recently finished the California Superbike School along with a few more trackdays while riding back all the way from Chennai to Goa for IBW. Fond of food – lots of it, GP struggles between his love for food and his desire to stay fit, and often found *cough*dieting*cough*. A fulltime troll, never leave your facebook unguarded with him around, you have been warned!
Janardhan Iyer or JD refers to himself as an old soul, and we’d like to think maybe Stanley Kubrick in another afterlife, as his motto stands “If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.”. Responsible for a lot of the ground breaking, mind boggling, eye moistening shots you’d get to see on PowerDrift.JD is actually a moody tamil boy who eats chicken once a week to regret it the remainder 6 days, loves touring on his Thunderbird, and goes missing at night a couple of times to meet “friends” Also is a connoisseur of warm beverages, including warm Beer, warm ice cream and warm fresh lime soda!
Goa has 3 legendary things PowerDrift loves. Legendary alphonso, legendary beaches and legendary edits by the Chef turned editor Ashton Ferrao. With delicious video recipes dished out by this feisty “Patrao”, we look no further when creating video magic, with a coastal twist. Loves bacon, and trying to abstain! *sigh*
It is not sure if Akash was born peanut sized, or he manages to transform, but it is definitely sure the boy was meant to race. Akash is our racerboy bike tester, and loves all things two wheels, and likes to settle it not on the street, but the track. When not testing bikes, Akash loves consuming sugar, pro skateboarding, showing off gadgets, and often found making weird faces under the pretext of a selfie! #ThatPoutThough
As a child, Arsa a.k.a Arulkar hit his head unconscious on the computer and got “magically” transformed into the virtual world, and it is said a part of him still resides back there. And a bid to bridge the gap between both worlds and restoring peace back to the world is his manifesto. Amit is our go-to person ensuring all our videos are ready for the world, while he infuses his own magic to them.
In-house dietician, fitness expert and a kind hearted animal loving Hulk, Varun spearheads our Social Media team. Comes with a lot of protein shake and has no qualms acting out hilarious sequences in full public view. Loves his Kawasaki “Toothless” z800 and hates leg-days! Need we say more? And did we mention he is taken? #sorryladies
Loves life in 16×9 and from “where he stands”! Nitesse has a unique name always and a bad hair-day never; always wears an infectious smile making someone wonder what he is upto. Nitesse adds color and life to our videos, and helps us decimate pizza, like a true warrior. Lives to travel, has the hippest pants and loves his beard! #MountainMan
We are mighty sure that the wise men didn’t mean Atul, when they told us that every start up team needs some one from HR.
An XLRI pass out from education, a grease head by passion, and a blue whale by appetite Atul is the go to guy for solving problems, both automotive or otherwise.
Apart from ensuring that the machinery at PowerDrift keeps moving, Atul also ensures that our food supplies never feel neglected.
Not many things in life are one “Dugha” tall. The Eiffel tower is merely 5 “Dugha’s” long, and the earth might be 100 “Dugha’s” wide!. Standing at 6ft 4 inches, and marginally taller than the average Pterodactyl, Dugha loves being outdoors, and his work is a reflection of his passion, every single frame. The busiest man in PD, Dugha is always in demand, and no-one has ever seen him sleep, except his parents when he was just born. Oh and did we mention he is a musician, strumming his ukulele away to glory! Way to go.
Rigved Ranade (RR)
“Race Ready” Rigved is an edit warrior, with many battles won to his name. Loves creating top music videos, and can be found sitting on his desk tweaking his moustache. Kind to animals and born with a zest to travel, Rigved is also an artist, who loves sketching and painting. A man of many talents indeed!
The only thing on his mind is a great shot and his only friends are tripods and lens. Sanchit loves going click click at the sight of interesting wheels, and is passionate about his travel and tattooes alike. Loves animals and always up for help, Sanchit loves touring on his bike, and wants to settle as a baba in the Himalayas! Now that’d be a life lived well, bikes, cameras and mountains!
PowerDrift’s own Punjab da Puttar! Offroad wizkid and anchor extraordinaire, Jassi brings in a fresh set of energies and ideas to the table. With a lot of motoring zest and a quest to find out best experiences on 4 wheels, Sharan shares an equal passion for the road less travelled. Not only that, he can sniff food kilometers away and can eat upto 4 times his body weight. When not driving cars off the beaten path, can be found dancing to loud punjabi music on the roof under the pretext of drying clothes! Balle Balle!
Sauccy as he is affectionately known is the one not to be messed with. Do not fall for his puny size, for it makes him fast both Onroad, and Online. Legend has it that he once stole a knife in Counter Strike. He sharpens all things digital here with that analog knife, when he is not trying to put on weight that is.
Instead of going to the “gelf”, our malayali chose to go to film school and fall in love with cinema. We imported this fine piece of a man to PowerDrift and he has been an integral part of our team ever since. Rohit is a genius with a lot of the magic that goes on behind the lens. Don’t let the tough looks fool you though, RN is a softhearted easy going gentleman, who “simbly” takes life as it comes! That and Mallu food, obviously!
Mithilesh, better known as Gamer, is our resident bike encyclopedia , technology geek and gaming god! Can wrench, can ride, the only school he ever loved is California Superbike School and the only beverages he likes are milk products. Everyone’s go to person, Mithilesh helps everyone with almost about everything here at PowerDrift and do we love him or what! Oh, and did we mention the internet rage he created with that elbow down pic? Go check it out! #StillGawking
Our own Macha from “Namma Bengaluru”, Glen found his tryst with destiny at the Nissan GT Academy and nailed it as a racer boy. This jack of all trades has many feathers to his cap. Can write, can act, can drive, and can play the guitar. Having joined us recently, Glen completes the family and has no qualms walking outdoors in boxers on a shoot or take cars out on dates! Now that’s some life there eh?
Siddharth is our latest addition to the team, and he often walks to work since he has a hard time deciding if he should ride or drive (Motoring aficionados I tell you). A cool head above his shoulder, Siddharth leads the post production crusade with machine like precision, and wizard like creativity. Strongly believes that everything can be resolved over a cup of chai, and has quit smoking 2500 times in the last month itself, which is a good thing. Siddharth packs in a lot of industry experience and his his own style of edit, infusing new flavour to the PowerDrift palette. Watch out for this man we’d say!
Also known as the Shutterfly, Niteesh is the newest addition to the PD arsenal, giving the old boys a run for their money. When he is not shooting or editing projects, you will find him watching movies in languages unknown and batting hard in cricket tournaments, or writing poems. Don’t let his meek look fool you, this guy is dynamite!