Hemanti Sarkar is an Indian film editor who works in Hindi films and documentaries. She has worked in Bollywood movies like
English Vinglish, M Cream, Airlift, and many others. Hemanti hails from Kolkata in West Bengal. She started a film editing course at the Film Institute of India in Pune, Maharashtra in 1993. Hemanti made her Bollywood debut as an assistant editor with the movie Pardes, written and directed by
Subhash Ghai. The film hit the screens on 8th December 1997 and won three Filmfare Awards in 1998. She was also the assistant editor of Godmother in 1999. Hemanti made her debut as an independent film editor for the movie “Sur: The Melody Of Life,” written and directed by
Tanuja Chandra. The film hit the screens on 2002 and was nominated for a Filmfare Award and two Screen Weekly Awards.
Since then she has edited Bollywood films like Parineeta in 2005, Dansh in 2005, Strings in 2005,
Barah Aana in 2009,
Sankat City in 2009, Kuchh Luv Jaisa in 2011, Lanka in 2011, and several others. Hemanti edited Marathi film, “A Sea Side Story,” directed and written by Laxmikant Shetgaonker in 2004. She also edited Marathi movies like “Maati Maay” in 2006. Hemanti edited an English movie titled” M Cream” which was screened at several film festivals in 2014 and 2015, before releasing in 2016. Hemanti gained critical acclaim for her work in the film “
Peepli Live,” directed by
Anusha Rizvi and Mahmood Farouqi. She won two nominations for ‘Asian Film Award’ under the ‘Best Editor’ category in 2011 and ‘Star Guild Award’ under the ‘Best Editing’ category in 2011.
The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, São Paulo International Film Festival in 2010, and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2010 among many other film festivals. It hit the screens on 13th August 2010. Hemanti edited her first documentary film “Chale Chalo – The Lunacy of Film Making” directed by
Satyajit Bhatkal. The documentary screened at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, in August 2003, and hit the screens on 1st June 2004 and won a National Film Award. She edited more documentaries like “Ru Ba Ru” in 2011, “Riders of the Mist” in 2015, and “Daughters of Mother India” in 2015. Hemanti was the editor of the short film “His New Hands” in 2013. The short movie won a nomination at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2014. Her latest works include Rustom, Airlift, and
Dear Zindagi all in 2016. Her current project “
Secret Superstar” is set to release in August 2017.