Batul Mukhtiar is a producer, director, and a writer. She is also a blogger and actively posts about her write-ups, reviews, stories and films. She lives in Mumbai and is also known by her nickname 'Banno.' She was married to actor and cinematographer, Vivek Shah whom she lately divorced.
This filmmaker is an alumnus student of The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) of Pune. Besides making many of the documentaries and short films as her project in FTII, she has directed the feature documentary '150 Seconds Ago' which was selected for screening at worldwide film festivals and theaters.
She is also a Swarna Kamal Award winner for her movie. She was brought up in the filmy locality of Grant road surrounded by cinema halls, located in the city of films, Mumbai. At the time when there was no TV. Batul grew up watching around three movies in a week and reading 3-5 books every seven days. During her childhood, Batul often read film magazines, she loved acting, and sometimes she conducted her interviews while she played games in her free time. She never thought of being a director or producer for films because she was always interested in acting at a young age. In her FTII diploma journey, she played many roles for student exercise and as a part of her education. Later she realized that she cannot listen to the instructions and she does not want to be an actor. She is someone who would love to instruct and direct others in her film. She was crystal clear about this idea exactly after her 1st shoot.
While Batul was in college, she wanted to be a journalist, but for some reasons, she could not join the line and found her way to FTII. She learned a lot in FTTI from her projects and mistakes in the films she worked. Her first job was being an assistant on a corporate film by a local ad agency.
After this, she also worked for a music channel. Batul is a strong woman, and her ideologies of feminism and independence reflect in her short stories, poetries and, articles on her blog. She was nervous while she wrote her first story but finally she completed it and submitted the script to Children's Film Society of India. Batul always loved reciting stories. She knew how to grab the attention of the reader, this made the story more fascinating, and CFSI liked it and was ready to make a film out of it. As a result, in 2007, she made her debut from 'Lilkee' as a writer and also a director. Making children film was not her agenda but, Batul saw her daughter grew up in an urban area who knew nothing beyond the society and her playing environment. This scenario inspired her, and she wanted to tell this story to the world and her daughter in the form of writing. She was very happy after the success of the film.
Kaphal- Wild Berries (2013) is another Children drama film by Mukhtiar. During the shoot for Lilkee in Garhwal, she was fascinated by the kids, the environment and their behavior towards each other. Her second film gave her the opportunity to cover the things she couldn't show in her first project. Finally, after years of research and struggle, she came up with the script of Kaphal in 2013, which was produced by CFSI and having Batul as the Director and Screenplay writer. The movie was appreciated all over the world, and Batul was very proud of her work is the film. She was honored when the film won the Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) award for the category of Best Children's Film in 61st National Awards. Both her films got tremendous success, and it is because of her special connection with children. Batul was the associate producer for the TV series 'Indian Reborn' on Canadian TV which made her travel around the world and come across different people and cultures. She works for International Documentary Crew Shooting in India as an associate producer and a line producer.
She is a kind of person who is socially less interactive, but her film career helped her sharing her stories, opinions and openly speaks in the interviews. Currently, she is working on two scripts with her team and trying to get a financier for her upcoming films. After achieving fortune in her career, she has been consistently striving to improve more and make best films for the viewers. Her documentaries and short films are worldwide famous and screened in the biggest film festivals and film events. The industry along with the audience is expecting fascinating stories and films by her in the coming years.