Shonali Bose, who was born in the year 1965, is a Bengali woman, who started her career in Indian film industry as Director, Producer and Screenwriter. She is well known for her film Amu that explores attacks on Sikhs in the year 1984 in Delhi.
Shonali was born in Calcutta, and she grew up in Delhi and Bombay. When she was a student at Miranda House, she has been an activist. She completed her Bachelors of Arts from Delhi University and Masters in Political Science from Columbia University,
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, who is a filmmaker.
For a year she had worked as an organizer at National Lawyers Guild and she directed a live community television in Manhattan. Her short films like Undocumented, Lifting the Veils and The Gendarme Is Here have screened in many festivals throughout the world.
With film Amu she made a debut as a producer, writer and director. The film, Amu was released in India in the year 2005, which received a very good response from the audience. This film was also screened at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, among many other international festivals. Shonali Bose received 7 national and international awards for her debut film Amu including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English, FIPRESCI Critics Award and many other awards.
She was asked to convert the Amu Screenplay into a novel. She did this thing while she was editing the film Amu. The novel and the Film Amu were released at the same time in India on 7th January 2005, making her the first Indian to release a Film and Novel simultaneously.
She wrote the story for the film titled Chittagong, which was directed by her former husband Bedabrata Pain in the year 2012.She is also the assistant director for this film. For this project, she already signed some of the India’s best A list actors.