Within one year of its operation, not only was the company listed on London Stock Exchange and raised 55 million pounds as The Indian Film Company, but had also established as a prolific film studio. The rise of Studio 18 under the leadership of Sandeep Bhargava is considered one of the quickest cases of a full-fledged studio starting, consolidating and reaching business leadership stage in motion picture business, which is one of the toughest for new companies given its unique character.
During his tenure as a CEO, The Indian Film Company & Studio 18 gave iconic successes like Jab We Met, Welcome, Golmaal Returns, Singh Is Kinng and Ghajini. Two films from Studio 18's portfolio with debutant directors, Sooni Taraporwala's Little Zizou and Amrit Sagar's 1971, got critical recognition and received National Awards.
Sandeep pioneered the model of syndication of content for televised viewing as well as limited music rights. Both these have changed the rules of the business as far as sales of satellite and music rights are concerned. Sandeep not only set up the India operations of Studio 18, but also put together international talent and offices. He worked very closely with international directors like Mira Nair, Gurinder Chadha and Dev Benegal for projects that targeted international markets.
After 13 years of extensive advertising experience, Sandeep joined entertainment industry in 2003. Previous to Indian Films, Sandeep worked as COO with Sahara One Motion Pictures and UTV.