Anusha Rizvi is a filmmaker as well as a screenwriter. Anusha was born on 13 March 1978. She has done her graduation from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She has done her graduation in history.
She is married to
Mahmood Farooqui. He is a writer, director and an artist from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. He has known for his book Besieged: (Voices of Delhi,1857). It was the translations from Habib Tanvir’s Memoirs. He is also known for Dastangoi which is a type of story-telling. It was fading away, but Farooqui along with Shamsur Rahman Faruqi who happens to be his uncle revived Dastangoi in the 21st century.
Farooqui was also one of the researchers of White Mughals. It is a book written by William Dalrymple. He had also received a Rhodes Scholarship while he was studying to go to St. Peter’s College, the University of Oxford to study history. Anusha currently lives with her husband in Delhi, India. Anusha was a journalist before she became a director. She left journalism to direct her debut film, Peepli (Live). She also wrote the story of the movie. She approached the famous Indian actor,
Aamir Khan to help her make the movie. He agreed to start the project. Peepli (Live) is Anusha’s debut movie as a director and as a writer as well. The movie was released on 13 August 2010. The cast of the film included
Omkar Das Manikpuri,
Raghubir Yadav, Vishal O Sharma,
Aamir Bashir, etc. the movie was produced by Aamir Khan himself along with his director-producer wife,
Kiran Rao. UTV Motion Pictures and Aamir Khan Productions were the distributors for the movie. Anusha’s husband, Mahmood Farooqui was also a co-director with her. The movie focused on the drastic suicides of farmers in the villages of India. The main character of the movie, Natha Das Manikpuri (played by Omkar Das Manikpuri) is a very poor farmer from Peepli. He decides to commit suicide. That’s when the whole story begins with media reporting live coverage from Peepli.
Anusha is busy with her second movie, Opium along with her husband, Mahmood Farooqui. It is an adaptation of Sea of Poppies, a book by
Amitav Ghosh. At the Sundance Film Festival, Anusha was nominated for her film for best
World Cinema. In 2010, at Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Anusha’s
Peepli Live was nominated for Best Feature Film. She won at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival too. She also won at the Durban Film Festival. Along with it, she won at Gollapudi Srinivas Award.