Zarina Mehta is the maiden name of Zarina Screwvala. She is an Indian Producer. She was born in the year 1961 in the city of Washington D.C. in the world-dominant country United States of America. Along with her family, she moved to India at the age of eight. She completed her schooling from an all-girls school called J.B. Petit School for Girls. She graduated with a degree of Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the esteemed St. Xavier’s College which is situated in Mumbai. She did her post-graduation from Mumbai’s Xavier’s Institute of Communications.
She holds a degree of masters in Marketing and Advertising. She currently lives with her husband
Ronnie Screwvala in Breach Candy, Mumbai. Reading and Sipping Tea, and Sprite are her passions. Zarina is a board member of ASIA SOCI and also studies the subject of Philosophy at The New Acropolis. She started her profession in the Film Industry as a Production Manager. She worked for a reputed theater actor
Pearl Padamsee. While working with Pearl, she met
Deven Khote and Ronnie Screwvala.
Both of them later became her business partners. She married Ronnie Screwvala soon after. Along with her business partners, she co-founded the multi-million company UTV. Initially, the company was involved in making ads and some cooperate films. It was the first independent Indian Production House. The journey started with the production of a quiz show on the channel Doordarshan. The series was called Mashoor Mahal, and Zarina was the Assistant Director on the reality show.
Following its success, Zarina has been responsible for the creation and direction of The Mathmagic Show. She has produced other television shows as well, like ‘Contact’ and ‘
Shakuntala’. She also produced a short TV Film called ‘
Lifeline’. Zarina’s company UTV has been attributed for the production of content for the first ever Indian reality show (Saanp Seedi, in the year 1992) and the first TV daily soap opera which was called ‘
Shanti’, released in the year 1994. Zarina provides content for top Indian entertainment channels like Star TV, Zee TV and Sony.
She has also made an exclusive channel for kids which only shows cartoons and kid’s shows called Hungama TV. She has credited UTV with a musical and live reality shows channel called UTV Bindaas. In the year 2012, Disney bought UTV for 454 million dollars. Following the sale, Zarina quit UTV after working for 27 years in the company. Zarina is also a philanthropist and has a social cause foundation called Swades Foundation. Swades was initially named – SHARE – A Society to Heal, Aid, Restore and Educate. It works to empower the poor.