Breaking Barriers: Celebrating Women Who Are Making a Difference – A Women’s Day Special

The film industry has historically been a male-dominated space, but in recent years, female directors and producers have broken barriers and created a name for themselves by presenting unique stories that resonate with audiences worldwide. Here are five female directors and producers whose outstanding work you must watch:

  1. Aditi Shrivastava

Aditi Shrivastava is the Co-founder & CEO of Pocket Aces, a leading digital entertainment company that produces innovative content. Under her exemplary vision and guidance, Dice Media (a sub-brand of Pocket Aces) has created popular shows like “Little Things”, “Adulting S1”, “What The Folks,” “Operation MBBS” and “Bravehearts” which showcase relatable stories of the youth navigating life in modern-day India. A spectacular show-runner that she is for these unique series, her stories highlight the nuances of human relationships and the struggles of the millennial generation.


2. Guneet Monga

Guneet Monga is an Indian film producer known for her contributions to Indian independent cinema. Her production house, Sikhya Entertainment, has produced several critically acclaimed films, including “The Lunchbox,” “Masaan,” and “What Will People Say.” Her recent documentary “Period. End of Sentence” won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject, shedding light on menstrual hygiene in rural India. Monga’s work showcases her passion for social issues and her ability to create meaningful content that inspires change.


3. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is an Indian filmmaker known for her inspiring and heartwarming stories. Her film “Nil Battey Sannata” tells the story of a single mother who works as a maid to provide her daughter with an education. The film received critical acclaim for its honest portrayal of the struggles faced by low-income families in India. Tiwari’s recent film, “Panga,” is a sports drama that explores the themes of motherhood, identity, and perseverance. Her work is a reflection of her ability to tell stories that touch the hearts of audiences.


4. Reema Kagti

Reema Kagti is an Indian filmmaker known for her unconventional and bold storytelling style. Her film “Talaash” tells the story of a police officer investigating the death of a movie star, delving into themes of grief, guilt, and redemption. The film’s intricate plot and engaging narrative have made it a cult classic. Kagti’s recent series, “Made in Heaven,” is a satirical take on the Indian wedding industry and the social issues surrounding it. Her work showcases her ability to create compelling stories that are both thought-provoking and entertaining.


5. Jasmeet K. Reen

Jasmeet K. Reen is an Indian filmmaker whose short film “Darlings” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021. The film tells the story of a young girl who dreams of being a Bollywood dancer but faces resistance from her conservative family. “Darlings” is a powerful commentary on the gender and cultural stereotypes prevalent in Indian society. Reen’s work highlights the importance of using film as a medium to spark conversations about social issues.

Overall, these female directors and producers are making their mark in the film industry by presenting unique stories. Their works are a testament to the power of storytelling and the impact it can have on society. They have proven that the film industry needs more diverse voices to bring a fresh perspective and create positive change.

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