7 Women Filmmakers Who Redefined Indian Cinema Without Any Film Background

1:57 pm 24 Jul, 2018

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Once considered a male-dominated industry, more and more Indian women filmmakers are now behind the camera – either as directors or producers. Not only are these talented women bringing a breath of fresh air, but also curated some mind-boggling concepts. A few, but Indian women filmmakers like Zoya Akhtar and Aparna Sen come from film backgrounds. However, in today’s cinema, most of these women have no film background or big daddies of Bollywood to pat their back.

Here is a list of 7 Indian women filmmakers who challenged the status quo, and made it successful with their talent and hard work only.

 

 

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35-year-old Guneet Monga is not only a BAFTA Nominee, but an award-winning producer behind films like Gangs of Wasseypur, The Lunch Box, Masaan, Haraamkhor, etc. The Delhiite is the founder of Sikhya Entertainment, a production house. Her work has been recognised at Cannes, Berlin and Shanghai film festivals.

Special achievements:

Voted as one of the top 12 women achievers in the Global Entertainment industry by Hollywood and top 50 Indians changing India by India Today. Guneet is one of the first Indian women filmmakers who is a member of the Producer’s Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

2. Mitu Bhowmick Lange

 

 

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This filmmaker’s biggest achievement is that she’s the owner of Mind Blowing Films, most recognised distributor of Bollywood films in Australia and New Zealand region. Mitu is also the festival director of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, and provides local production support to shoot Indian there.

Special achievements:

She got three ‘Highest grossing foreign film’ awards given by the Australian Film and Television division. Mitu also became the first Indian ever, to win the Jill Robb screen leadership award.

 

3. Mira Nair

 

 

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When one thinks of Indian women filmmakers who contributed to Indian cinema, Mira Nair is the first name which crops up. Her best known films like Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake etc, are produced under her banner Mirabai Films.

Special achievements:

Mira branched into Hollywood with Queen of Katwe, Monsoon Wedding, her Golden Lion-winning film. Her other film Salaam Bombay! was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

 

4. Setu Raval

 

 

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Setu Raval is a name fast catching up in successful Indian women filmmakers list. She received her BFA in Film Producing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and started film making in Los Angeles. This producer is extremely young, which brings the same tone in her films.

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She’s best known for  crowdfunding enough funds to make a film called White Elephant. Her current position holds her as Senior Manager of Spirit Awards Nomination at Film Independent.

 

5. Gauri Shinde


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Gauri Shinde reinvented Hindi cinema with her unique style and brilliant track record. Gauri is most famous for directing late actress Sridevi in 2012 with English Vinglish. She then gave another hit in 2016 with SRK-Alia Bhatt starer Dear Zindagi.

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Gauri Shinde featured in the Financial Times 2012 list of ’25 Indians To Watch’ as well as on Rediff’s list of Bollywood;s 5 Best Directors of 2012. 

 

6. Alankrita Shrivastava

 

 

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After assisting Prakash Jha, Alankrita made her directorial debut with Turning 30. She then worked on films like Khoya Khoya Chand, Raajneeti etc. However, it was her second film Lipstick Under My Burkha which made her one of the most recognisable new Indian women filmmakers.

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Her directorial Lipstick Under My Burkha got 10 global film awards, including a Golden Globes nomination. The film submitted to screenwriter’s lab at National Film Development Corporation of India.

 

7. Gurinder Chadha

 

 

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Gurinder Chadha is one of the most commercially successful Indian women filmmakers to grace cinema. With films like Bend it like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice under her belt, she’s highly respected in her genre. Her British upbringing always shows in her work, in any film you pick.

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In 2017, Gurinder was honoured with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017 for her incredible contribution to British film industry. Chadha has also received several Honorary Doctorates from British universities and even an O.B.E. in the 2006 for her services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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