Sonali Gulati is a feminist, an Indian independent filmmaker, an educator, and a grass-roots activist. She is working at Virginia Commonwealth University as an associate professor in the Department of Film and Photography. She went to Temple University to complete her degree of MFA in Film and Media Arts. She has also studied at Mount Holyoke College and completed the degree of BA in Critical Social Thought.

She has spent her initial days of childhood in New Delhi, India. She has also made many short films which were much appreciated by the audiences and had also screened and played at various film festivals. She is well-known for her films like “24 Frames per Day” which was released in the year 2008, “Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night” released in the year 2005, “ I Am” released in the year 2011, and much more. The films which are produced and directed by Sonali have been screened at around 400 film festivals including “Hirshhorn Museum” which is the Museum of Fine Arts situated in Boston, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and much more. Her documentary named “Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night” which released in the year 2005, was about BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) in India. It was broadcast on TV in many countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, U.S., The Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and much more. Her recent film named “I Am” has won around 14 Awards.

Along with this, her another film name was “Big Time-my doodled diary” which was released in the year 2015. Her goal is to create films as organizing tools along with the innovative ideas of storytelling. She makes films with the hope of its sustainability, safety, etc. She was interested in making films since her childhood. She likes to make those films which create a stronger presence in the minds of the people. Sonali Gulati’s mother was a teacher. Sonali was raised independently by her mother. She owes a lot to her mother for her success. Sonali Gupta also has her website named “www.sonalifilm.com.” Sonali Gulati has also won many Awards in her lifetime.

She has contributed a lot to the industry, and to the audiences as well by being an activist, director, producer, journalist, etc. She has received the Award of Grants and Fellowship from World Studio Foundation, VCU School of the Arts Faculty Award of Excellence, the Theresa Pollak Prize, Creative Capital Foundation, Robert Giard Memorial Fellowship, and many more.

Smita Talwalkar Hindi Actress

Smita Talwalkar

Smita Talwalkar was a director, actress and producer in Marathi Cinema. She is well-known for her work like Tu Tithe Mee. Smita Talwalkar was born on 5 September, 1954. Before her marriage, her name was Smita Govilkar. She got married when she was 17 years old. She has a son, Amber Talwalkar who is the director of the health club chain, Talwalkars. Amber got married to the famous Marathi actress, Sulekha Talwalkar. Smita also has one more daughter-in-law. She also is an actress, Purnima Talwalkar. Smita was suffering from ovarian cancer. It was diagnosed in 2010 and she was being cured with chemotherapy. However, she died at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai on 6 August 2014 at the age of 59. Smita was a newsreader in her early professional life. She did news reading for 17 years and then got a break in movies. Her initial successful releases were Tu Saubhagyavati Ho released in 1998 and Gadbad Ghotala. Gadbad Ghotala was a Marathi romcom with other notable actors. After acting in a few movies, she tried her hand in producing. Her debut movie as a producer was Kalat Nakalat released in 1989. The movie was directed by Kanchan Nayak. The movie was a family drama covering intricate topics of families and children where one of the parents had an extra-marital affair. At the National Film Awards, the movie received the Best Marathi Feature Film Award. She did a movie about a mentally challenged boy played by Dilip Prabhavalkar. She played the role of his childhood friend. The movie was called Chautak Raja and won The Best Actor Award at the Maharashtra State Film Awards. Sanjay Surkar was the director of the movie while, Smita was the producer. She continued working with Surkar and made several notable movies like Saatchya Aat Gharat (2004), Tu Tithe Mee (1998), and Anandache Jhaad (2006). She has also directed movies. Her directorial debut was in 1993. The movie was called Sawat Mazhi Ladki. It was a comedy/drama movie that received a Maharashtra State Film Award. Tu Tithe Mee revolved around an old couple who faced few troubles due to their joint family. It gave Smita her second National Award. Saatchya Aat Gharat was another critical movie that showed the incident where a girl was raped by a policeman in the University of Pune. The movie also commented on the western cultures, the idea of pubs, Valentine’s Day and Body piercings. She has also produced TV Serials for Zee Network. Some of her notable serials include Avantika, Peshwai, Unch Maaza Zoka, Savanshi. She also has an acting school Asmita Chitra Academy. She has been on the judging panel of various national and international events.          

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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.

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Anjuli Shukla Hindi Actress