An Indian film art director and production designer Sharmishta Roy was born on in Kolkata, West Bengal to Krishna and Sudhendu Roy. Her father Sudhendu Roy was also an art director. He had worked with great film makers like Vimal Roy in movies like "
Madhumati." He has also worked with
Yash Chopra in movies like "
Silsila" and "
Chandni." Sharmishta is the youngest among her three siblings; the others are Sumona Roy and Krishnendu Roy.
Before working independently, she assisted her father in many movies. She is one of the first women art directors if Hindi film industry. "The job of an Art Director is as important as that of the Cinematographer or Costume designer, because what we are doing is without speaking a single word, we are communicating the culture, personality, and socio-economic status of the people in the story being told..." was what Ms. Roy said. Her first project was "Dilwaale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge." she has won the Filmfare Award three times, for"
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" (1999), "Dil Toh Pagal Hai" (1998) and "Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam"(2002).
She was recognized for her use of bright color, her recreation of the teen scene and, later, for Kajol's grand house. Art directors are no longer the backroom people they were. Sharmishta has done cinematography for "Dil Toh Pagal Hai." She has also won a national award for best production design in "Meenaxi- a tale of three cities," a film by M.F.Hussain. She has also acted in the movie and as the art director. She has designed set for the great movies such as "Kal Ho Na Ho”, "Banty and Babli," and "Veer Zaara."
She has been the production designer for the movies" Jab Tak Hai Jaan" and "Talash." Sharmishta was art director in the films "Tara Rum Pum" and "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna." one of her cinematographer friends told her, "Buddhi -- as she is nicknamed in the Roy home -- is quite used to wild location hunts or searching in odd places for fabrics like curtains, bed sheets, even napkin rings. For a person who led a laidback life and didn't know what career she would finally take up, she has become a workaholic. Her day starts at 0800 hours and sometimes ends at 0300 hours. It leaves her little time to socialize, but she thinks since her friends understand this, they are worth having." Sharmishta strongly holds an opinion that it is ok to get bored of the work we are doing as it encourages us to do something different.