The DadasahebPhalke awardee Preeti Aneja is a film director best known for her utterly spell-binding short-film Kala Paani. This film discusses some social issues of utmost importance in today’s times. The artwork got her several awards and accolades from all over the country and abroad. Preeti was born on the 26th of July. Her hometown is Hissar, a city in the state of Haryana in northwestern India. She studied till class 12 in Campus School in Hissar.

After passing out, she pursued higher education in Psychology and even completed post-graduation with it. After post-graduation, she did a Legum Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Laws or LLB) as well. Finally, after having received so much of higher education in diverse subjects, Preeti decided to follow her penchant for film-making and go ahead with it.

With that thought in mind, she took admission in Whistling Woods International Institute, a premier film, television, media arts, and communication institute in Mumbai, founded by the much-celebrated filmmaker Subhash Ghai, to study and a get a diploma in film direction. She married Amrit Aneja and had a son named Astitva.

The roadmap to success has lots of ups and downs. Preeti joined the industry as an assistant director. After working tirelessly, slogging her guts out working day and night, in about ten films, she finally carved her niche in the film industry, and people started recognizing her. In 2011, she released her first short-film Kala Paani. It was also her diploma film.

The story talks about the rural life and practices in the remote villages of Haryana. Preeti not only directed the film but also designed the costumes herself. She currently runs her own production house called ‘AAP Productions.’ Her film Kala Paanibagged a lot of awards and nominations. Preeti got the DadasahebPhalke Golden Camera Award at the 3rd Jaipur International Film Festival. She was the recipient for the jury award for the Best Young Film-maker at 3rd Nashik International Film.

The jury consisted of V.G. Samant, Kuldeep Sinha (Director General, Film Division), Shireen Katheeja (Advisor, Central Board of Film Division), Sudarshan Rao (member of Oscar Selection Panel), French actresses Marianne Borgo and Kaya Bertie, and Mr. MukeshKaneri (Director, NIFF). She received the award from the mayor of Nashik, Nayanatati Gholap. She won the Haryana State Cultural Award in 2011. The film was also screened at the 2011 New York Indian Film Festival.

Nandita Roy Hindi Actress

Nandita Roy

Nandita Roy is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter. Nandita Roy was born on April 3rd, 1955. The Mumbaikar made her first appearance with the film Icche (2011) alongside her co-director Shiboprosad Mukherjee. The duo has also directed Accident, Bela Seshe, Ramdhanu, Praktan, and Posto. She has been a part of numerous undertakings and has worked with many well-known writers. Nandita joined St. Joseph's Convent High School in the exurbia of Vile Parle. An economics graduate of Parle College began work as a schoolteacher in St. Joseph's Convent. Later, she underwent her postgrad from the University of Mumbai, Kalina, on Economics. She tied the knot with Nitish Roy in 1977. Roy started her profession in 1978, as a puppeteer and assistant director on Agadoom-Bagadoom, a puppet movie for kids. Roy built up a far-reaching resume in many films, as an editor, set dresser, and scriptwriter, learning various phases of the business. Roy shifted to the TV. She became accountable for ETV Network's original true-life production company and is the artistic and directorial boss of the Bengali channel. Nineteen nonfiction shows are created by the talented writer. The first Bengali women's magazine show, Sreemoti, has also been created by her. Roy also began a series of one-hour TV programs by well-known writers. Praktan is the highest earning Bengali movie of 2016 and cleared the W. Bengal Film Awards including Most Successful Film. Icche and Bela Seshe are also some of her very successful theatrical innings of 125 and 250 days, correspondingly. Most of her movies met with desperate commendation. Icche showcased at Indian Panorama Film Festival. The picture Icche got accepted by The National Film Archive of India. Muktodhara, Icche, and Ramdhanu are included in the B. Ed curriculum of the Visva Bharati Academe. Muktodhara and Icche have also been utilized by the Credential Course on Legal and Psychological Counselling for Women in Suffering. In an interview with Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee about their picture Posto. Why the name Posto? One might wonder. It is a quirky name according to the writer. Posto is a kind of poppy seed and is one of the cuisines that has been relished by Bengalis of different initiations. That is why she named the child in the movie Posto. How was Argha Basu Roy selected for playing Posto, is the question. The concluding audition was done unconnectedly by Nandita and Shiboprosad. Ultimately, we check if our selections tally or not. The duo interviewed 550 youngsters. Reduced it down to 30 and conclusively three. Both the writer and the assistant chose Argha. The flawless child artist stands out among hundreds. Nandita Recaps one of Satyajit Ray discovery of the character Apu in Apur Sansar. Argha acts together with the histrionic like Soumitra Chatterjee, who portrays his granddad. Hopefully, we will be looking at some more of Nandita Roy’s work. Be moved, influenced and educated by it in one way or other.


Aruna Raje

Aruna Raje was born in the year 1946 at the city of Pune, India. By profession, she is an Indian film editor and director popular for her works related to feminism and issues related to women in Indian Hindi Cinema (Bollywood). She used to be a tomboy and was fond of reading Shakespeare at the age of 13. She got married to actor/director Vivek Desai. The couple had two kids, a son and a daughter, but after sometime, the daughter died and the couple could not handle and resolve the differences and soon got divorced but professionally kept on working together. Initially, Aruna planned enter the field of medicine and to do so, she even enrolled herself in a Medical College named Grant Medical College situated in Pune, India to study M.B.B.S. But her real passion was for something else and hence she soon quit her college and joined FTII (Film And Television Institute of India). In the year 1969, she passed out from FTII with a gold medal. She was the first ever trained women technician in the film industry. When she decided to join the Bollywood film industry, quitting medicine, her parents were against her and never gave her the approval to do so. During the start of her career in Bollywood, that is around late 1970’s and early 1980’s she used to work with Vikas Desai, and the duo was popularly named as Aruna-Vikas team. The duo co-edited the hit films like Masoom and Giddh and after this, as a team both of them co-directed the films like “Gehrayee”, “Shaque” and “Sitam”. When Raje and her husband parted their ways, she started making and directing feminist movies independently which struck the audiences very hard. She has also tried making many documentaries which won national awards, the best ones based on differently abled children “The New Paradigm” and on the life of classical dancer Mallika Sarabhai. She has also written script for the movies like “Red Alert: The War Within (2009)”, Tum-A Dangerous Obsession (2004), “Rihaee (1988)”, “Situm (1982)”, “Behind The Glass Wall (2015)”, “A New Paradigm” etc. She always believes in working with the elements of realism and authenticity and tries to indulge the same in her movies. Being the first professionally trained woman technician in the industry, she had to work 10 times harder to prove herself, her capabilities and talents in this male-dominated profession but she proved herself very well and established a benchmark for others.

Aruna Raje Hindi Actress