Biography

An Indian born Writer-Director, I have been directing for 20 years. My love of the craft is infectious and makes for a vibrant and exciting film set. This year, I was fortunate to be selected for the ARRI and Directors UK Trinity Challenge scheme and have just wrapped on 'The Sacrifice'. The finished film will be screened in January 2020.

2018's short The Guard  was partly financed by crowd-funding and had a female producer, director and lead actress. It has won the Accolade award, Indie Shorts Awards, Indie-X Horror & Scifi Films Award and many others and is still in the festival circuit. The 2017 short The Ghost in the Kamera (10 min) screened at LA International Children’s Film Festival 2018, Wondercon 2019, and won Gold for Best Children’s Film and Best Child Actress at the IMDB International Shorts Awards.

Prior to this, I was a Documentary and Promo Director, having worked for Discovery Channel and the BBC. My documentary "The Vanishing People"  is still the only one of its kind shot amongst a remote Andaman Island tribes. The 2005 docu "For Love or Izzat - Forced Marriage in Britain" addressed a taboo subject amongst our Asian community while "Flames in the Looking Glass" (2007) followed the lives of HIV-positive Transgenders and premiered at Raindance Film Festival. The short film "afterimage" (2000) was shot on 16mm black and white film for the Charles Wallace arts fund. Other awards I have received include the Hubert Bals Fund Award of the Rotterdam Film Festival and the RAPA (Radio and TV Producers Association) award. 

I love shooting on film, I am currently trying out the latest film stocks available for my vintage Super 8 camera. I am also a published illustrator of children’s books and an artist painting in ink (sumi-e). Being a visual thinker first and foremost, I like to storyboard my films and promos.

Credits

Flames In The Looking Glass 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2006
For Love Or Izzat 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2005
Ghost In The Kamera, The 1 episode View
Series   Role Year
-   Director 2017

Other Credits

The Ghost in the Kamera Short Film View
Description Year
ROLE: Writer-Director LENGTH: 10 min A 9 year old girl discovers her grandfather's old Super 8 film camera and suspects it may be haunted. STARRING: Maria Mirage, Ria Bella. FESTIVAL Screenings: LA International Children's Film Festival 2018, WonderCon 2019. AWARDS: Gold award for Best Children's Short, Gold award for Best Child Actress, both from IMDB International Shorts Awards. 2018
For Love or Izzat - Forced Marriage and Honour Crimes Documentary View
Description Year
ROLE: Producer-Director LENGTH: 48 min Funded by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, the film investigates the stories of survivors of honour crimes and forced marriages and the reasons why this outdated practice still prevails in Britain's Asian community. Broadcast on South Asian TV channels and screened at IAWRT Film Festival, Asia Society New York and others. 2005
Flames in the Looking Glass Documentary View
Description Year
ROLE: Producer-Director LENGTH: 48 min A documentary following the lives of Indian transgenders, called Hijras, living with HIV-AIDS. Premiered at Raindance Film Festival and screened at a special briefing on LGBT issues at the Palladium, Washington DC, in 2009. 2007
The Guard Short Film View
Description Year
ROLE: Writer-Director LENGTH: 14 min Just finished filming. A psychological horror film about a female guard at a storage facility who is haunted by memories from her past. STARRING: Kathryn O'Reilly (Call the Midwife, Lewis, Holby City, Rare Beasts) and Damola Adelaja (Eastenders, Berlin Station, Doctors, White Colour Black). Currently in post-production. 2018
The Sacrifice - a Trinity Challenge short Short Film View
Description Year
On the day before her Forced marriage to a much older man, Leila, a 15 year old Bangla girl from London, has her Haldi ceremony with female relatives and friends. Margot, her English girlfriend, is determined to help her escape and has brought their skateboards. Meanwhile, outside, a goat is sacrificed to bring blessings upon the ceremony. 2019

Skills

  • Arts
  • CGI
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