Shivam Nair was born in Kerala but spent some of his growing years in Palamau in Bihar. When he was a student, he had written to to director Shyam Benegal whether he could assist him. Benegal insisted that Shivam first complete his studies and then join a film institute to gain knowledge about filmmaking. Shivam's financial constraints did not allow him to do so. When he came to Mumbai, he did many odd jobs as an assistant. He would write constantly. There was no creative training as such. He learnt by observing how shots were taken. It's with these films that I gained confidence to work in the industry. Initially, I was paid a negligible amount. But the priority then was to learn and not earn.
For the first three years, he worked as an executive producer in Gujarati and ...» read full biography