Women are increasingly making their mark in various fields whether it is astronomy, medicine, filmmaking or screenwriting. And one such leading female individual in the arena of Bollywood screenwriting and documentary filmmaking is that of Urmi Juvekar.
Urmi Juvekar pursued a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and her first job was at the Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai. From her early days,UrmiJuvekar was keenly associated with theater. She started out as a documentary film writer and director. Darmiyaan: In Between (1997), directed by
Kalpana Lajmi, marked her debut in the field of screenwriting for feature films. Urmi Juvekar made a short film called “The Shillong Chamber Choir.”Another of her documentary film Little Home School was screened at International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam in 2008. She has written several celebrated Indian feature films like Shararat (2002), followed by Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula (2003), and I Am (2010).
She is most popularly recognized for writing the screenplay for the films Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008) and Shanghai(2012). Both of these films, which received wide critical and commercial success, were directed by
Dibakar Banerjee. In another well-acclaimed film of his, Love Sex AurDhoka, Urmi partnered as the Creative Producer. Her most recent Bollywood work was screenwriting for the Dibakar Banerjee’s film “
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy”. Dibakar Banerjee has admitted that this film was one of his toughest films and he was adapting this Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay'sbook for the last six-seven years. And it was Urmi Juvekar who came in and added a valuable layer to the film.
The combination of Urmi and Dibakar provides some great creative chemistry in Bollywood. Since 2011 Urmi Juvekarhas also been closely associated with NFDC. She also renders her service as a consultant for it’s Film Bazaar. She is also one of the mentors of NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab. She has also been a concerned guide to new entrants in the field of screenplay writing and filmmaking helping them to refine their maiden creations.
Urmi explains her creative journey vis-à-vis the changing times with increasing acceptance and respectability of the persons associated with different aspects of filmmaking and not just the leading artists. She also elaborates that she took to screenwriting and filmmaking because it came quite naturally to her than something else. Urmi Juvekar is already a name to reckon with as a creative screenwriter for her innovative and engaging treatments.