Ben Rekhi

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Ben Rekhi
Bornca. 1979
Mountain View, CA, US
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Years active1999–present

Ben Rekhi is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for Waterborne (2005), Fun Size Horror: Volume One (2015), and The Ashram (2018).[1]


Ben Rekhi graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he directed and produced a number of films, including The Waste Project, which won the Best Actor prize at the First Run Festival, and Dirty Laundry, recipient of Warner Bros. Pictures Postproduction grant. 

Rekhi graduated from University of Southern California with a Masters from the Peter Stark Producing Program.


Rekhi has worked on the set of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and shot the behind-the-scenes documentary for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He founded Drops Entertainment and produced his first feature film, Bomb the System, which was nominated for the 2004 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and distributed by Palm Pictures. His directorial debut, Waterborne, was the runner-up for the narrative audience prize at the 2005 SXSW Film Festival, and Car Babes, which he produced, premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival.[2]

Rekhi also served as VP of Acquisitions at Apsara Distribution.[3]  Apsara obtained exclusive Asia distribution rights to Harrison Ford's Paranoia.[4]

Rekhi directed The Ashram (2016) in India, featuring Sam Keeley, Kal Penn, Melissa Leo, and Radhika Apte.[5]

In 2019, he directed Watch List (Maria) in Manila,[6] a crime thriller set in the drug underworld during the time of Rodrigo Duterte's extrajudicial killings. The film was nominated for a Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival.[7][8]


  1. ^ Keeley, Sam; Hilmar, Hera; Penn, Kal; Apte, Radhika (2000-01-01), The Ashram, retrieved 2017-02-21
  2. ^ "Ben Rekhi". Tribeca Film Institute. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  3. ^ "Ben Rekhi". Variety. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  4. ^ "Cannes: Apsara Distribution Gets Asia Rights to Harrison Ford's 'Paranoia' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  5. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (2016-03-31). "Sam Keeley, Melissa Leo & Kal Penn Join 'The Ashram' From 'The Lunchbox' Producer". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (2018-01-15). "'Maria': Ben Rekhi Wraps Timely Manila Drug-War Thriller With Alessandra De Rossi". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  7. ^ "Watch List (Maria)". Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  8. ^ "SIFF 2019 Award Winners". Retrieved 2019-08-13.