Aarti Shrivastava is an Asia 21 IPRYLI Fellow which is based in Mumbai and a national award-winning documentary filmmaker in India. She started producing documentaries because she wanted to change the vision of humans by telling human stories. Because of this, she is well-known globally. She was born in the year 1983 in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

She is currently working as a director and producer of mainly documentary films. She has completed her education from Wilson College which is situated in Mumbai, India. Her notable work is Foresting Life. After completing the degree of graduation, Aarti started her career in a channel named “CNBC” in which she worked as a news reporter.

She has also worked on Australian Documentary, as a researcher. The Australian Documentary was based on the Terror Attack of 26/11 happened in Mumbai. She has directed many Documentaries, and two of them also bagged the Award. The two documentaries were “White Knight,” and “Land of Widows.” They also got nominated in the year 2011 at 7th Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival Doha. In the year 2013, Foresting life was the title of the third documentary directed by Aarti Shrivastava. It also won a National Award because of its meaningful concept. It shows the view of Earth towards man, and the forest he created by himself. One should be responsible for sustaining and maintaining the forest without being dependent on any Government help. In this documentary, a man named “Jadav Payeng,” single-handedly planted trees, and transformed a 1400- acre land into a forest ecosystem by working for over 35 years. She has also been a Jury member in many Film Festivals like Cebu International Documentary Film Festival, International Film Festival of India which was held in Goa, Jaipur International Film Festival, IDPA Awards for excellence, and much more.

Currently, she is working as a director and producer of a documentary named “Water Crisis in India.” She has also studied at Stanford University. In this University, she has studied Social Entrepreneurship. She also manages “Humanity Watchdog Foundation.” She also works as a production manager of Bollywood films like My Name is Khan, Sur Kshetra which was a reality singing show between the contestants of India and Pakistan, and much more. She has worked as an Executive Producer in the film named “ Kick” starring Salman Khan which was released in the year 2014.

She was the director of the most popular documentary named “Foresting Life” which was released in the year 2013. She has also won many Awards like National Film Award in the category of Best Environment Film, officially selected in the year 2013 at Jaipur International Film Festival, officially selected in the year 2013 at 9th Al-Jazeera Documentary International Film Festival Doha, to name a few.  

Anjuli Shukla Hindi Actress

Anjuli Shukla

Anjuli Shukla is a film director and Indian cinematographer. She has also won National Award for Best Cinematography. She is the first, and the only woman to win that Award. She has won this Award for her film named “Kutty Srank.” “Happy Mother’s Day” directed by Anjuli Shukla is a movie by (CFSI) Children’s Film Society, India. It was the opening film at 19th International Children’s Film Festival India. Before making her debut film, Anjuli Shukla has worked with “Santosh Sivan” who is a director and cinematographer. She works as an assistant to him. She was born in Lucknow which is a city in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) state of India. Her family was not having any background or connection with the film industry. She completed her degree of graduation from Christ Church College which is situated in Lucknow. She was passionate about films since her childhood. After completing her degree of graduation, she joined the course of cinematography at Film and Television Institute of India. According to her, it was the best platform for her to show her creativity and skills. Her parents supported her in every decision she took. They had faith and trust in their daughter. Her diploma was screened at Camerimage Film Festival in a competition section. After that, she started working as an apprentice under a well-known director and cinematographer named “Santosh Sivan.” She assisted him in many films which include two Hollywood films as well. These are “Before the Rains,” and “The Mistress of Spices.” She also worked as a camerawoman in movies like “Raavan,” and “Raavanan” which were the bilingual films in Hindi and Tamil, and was directed by Mani Ratnam. She has also worked as a camerawoman, and also in the second unit, and Electrical departments in many films. Some of these films are Prarambha which was released in the year 2007, Anandabhadram in the year 2005, and much more. She worked as an independent cinematographer in the Malayalam film named “Kutty Srank” which was directed by Shaji n. Karun. It was the first ever film which has been shot by a woman cinematographer. In the year 2010, Anjuli Shukla, at 57th National Film Awards, has won the Award for Best Cinematography. It was a great achievement for her. With this, she became the first woman to get this Award in this category. After her debut movie, she again joined “Santosh Sivan” for a period drama named “Urumi.” She also got nominated for Golden Tadpole Award in the category of Best Cinematography in the year 2004.



Shomshuklla was born on 9th of November in the year 1965. She is a scriptwriter, film director, theater personality, writer and singer from India. She was born in Kolkata which is a city in West Bengal, India. Her parents were Bengali. Her father was a student at Shantiniketan, and his teacher was Rabindranath Tagore. Her mother was a lecturer. At the age of seven, she started learning music form of “Rabindra Sangeet” from “Dakshinee” which was a music teaching institute. In the year 1985, she met her husband named “Bhaskar Das” in a mini bus in Kolkata. After six months of meeting, they both got married to each other. They both have a child named “Uditvanu Das” who is their only child. He was born in the year 1989. In the year 1990, she left Kolkata and moved to Ahmedabad. In Ahmedabad, she learned music from a disciple of “Pandit Jasraj” named “Krishnakant Parekh.” In the year 1995, she moved to Mumbai to make her career. From 1995 onwards, Shomshuklla started learning music from a well-known musician named “Dr. Prabha Atre.” She started her musical career with the album named “Dhin Tara.” The album was released in the year 1998, and was produced by “Times Music.” In the year 2001, her second album was released named “Raahein” whose video was shot in Corsica. In the year 2003, she released her remixes album named “Glimpse.” Her fourth and fifth album name was “Café Kalighat” which was released in the year 2004, and “Kolkata Jam” which was released in the year 2006. In the year 2005, her second last album was released named “Electrik.” In the year 2008, Shomshuklla’s last album named “Sonic Frames” was released. She has also released two Bengali songs albums named “Mukto Paakhi” which was released in the year 2001, and “Chuye Jete Moon” which was released in the year 2003. Shomshuklla has also worked as a poet, and written her first poem with Rupa Publications. She has written many books as Close Every Door, I Have Seen That Face Before, Seconds before Sunrise, and much more. She has also worked as a film director in the film named “Sandxastle.” She has directed the whole film, independently. The film was released on 14th of March in the year 2014. It was a story of a loving mother and an aspiring writer. Currently, Shomshuklla is living in Mumbai. She also has a dog named “Spice,” and she is a big animal lover. She enjoys reading books and novel in her free time. She also likes interior designing and is fond of writing.  

Shomshuklla Hindi Actress