|Born||6 July 1974, Pune, Maharashtra|
|Known for||English Vinglish (2012)|
|Spouse(s)||R. Balki (2007-present)|
Gauri Shinde is an Indian ad-film and feature film director. Shinde has made her directional debut with the highly acclaimed English Vinglish (2012), which marked the comeback of actress Sridevi. Shinde featured in the Financial Times 2012 list of '25 Indians To Watch'. She also featured on Rediff's list of 'Bollywood's 5 Best Directors of 2012.' Her husband R. Balki is the director of acclaimed films such as Cheeni Kum (2007) and Paa (2009).
Early life and education
Gauri Shinde was born and brought up in Pune, where she studied at St Joseph's High School and later graduated from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication in Pune. Her aspiration towards film-making started right from the days at the end of her college life.
She moved to Mumbai for her internship with documentary director Siddharth Kak and later started working with advertising agencies like IBW, Bates Clarion and Lowe Lintas, where R. Balki was the creative director.  In following years she made over 100 advertising films and short films; her short film Oh Man! (2001) was selected for the Berlin Film Festival.
She made her feature film debut as a director with English Vinglish (2012), a film by Shinde's own relationship with her mother, who ran her own pickle business out of her home in Pune, and was a Marathi-speaking woman, who didn't speak English well, which embarrassed Shinde as a child. As she said in an interview, "I made this film to say sorry to my mother." The film was released on 14 September 2012 at the Toronto Film Festival followed by its commercial release in India and worldwide on 5 October 2012, and went on to receive both critical and commercial success. Besides the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director, she was awarded the 'Laadli National Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity'.
|2012||English Vinglish||Director, Screenplay, Story||Sridevi, Priya Anand, Mehdi Nebbou||Amit Trivedi|
|14th IIFA Awards||Best Debut Director||Won|
|58th Filmfare Awards||Best Debut Director||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards 2013||Best Debut Director||Won|
|19th Annual Colors Screen Awards||Most Promising Debut Director||Won|
|Max Stardust Awards||Best Debut Director||Won|
|Laadli National Media Awards||Best Mainline Film||Won|
|Star Guild Awards||Best Debut Director||Won|
|Toifa Awards 2013||Best Debut Director||Won|
- "25 Indians to Watch". Financial Times. 16 November 2012.
- Rediff. "Bollywood's 5 Best Directors of 2012".
- "I am a better director than Balki: Gauri Shinde". The Times of India. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- "Personal agenda: Gauri Shinde, film director". Hindustan Times. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
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- "Symbiosis to honour director Gauri Shinde". The Times of India. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- Subhash K Jha (9 September 2012). "Sridevi completely spoiled me, says Gauri Shinde". Times of India. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- Times of India. "English Vinglish". The Times Of India.
- Hindustan Times. "English Vinglish".
- "Gauri Shinde to receive 'Laadli' award for 'English Vinglish'". Cnn-IBN. 21 January 2013.
- "What keeps Sridevi glowing at 49?". The Times of India. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- S Thakkar, Mehul (11 September 2012). "The Big B is brilliant: Gauri Shinde". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
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