Guneet Monga

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Guneet Monga
Born (1983-11-21) 21 November 1983 (age 35)
Occupationfilm producer,
CEO Sikhya Entertainment

Guneet Monga (born 21st November 1983) is an Indian film producer, a BAFTA nominee and the founder of Sikhya Entertainment a boutique film production house that produced notable films like Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1, Peddlers and The Lunchbox, Masaan, and Zubaan.[1]

Monga's 2018 production Period. End of Sentence. won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. Monga was voted as one of the top 12 women achievers in the Global Entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter and among the top 50 Indians changing India by India Today.

Early life and education[edit]

Monga grew up in Delhi.She received her primary education at Bluebells School International, and received a degree in mass communications from Madhubala Institute of Mass Communication and Electronic Media affiliated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi in 2004.[1]


In 2003, Monga interned with a production coordinator in 2003 in Delhi, and after receiving her mass communications she started career as production coordinator for international productions, most notably Vic Sarin's Partition. She shifted to Mumbai in 2006, when she started working in cricket film, Say Salaam India (2007). This was followed by Rang Rasiya (2008) and Dasvidaniya (2008) and later in 2009, during the making of Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), produced by Balaji Telefilms, she met director-producer, Anurag Kashyap, and subsequently in late 2009 she joined Anurag Kashyap Films.[1]

Monga's first major international film was the 2010 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film-nominated short, Kavi (2009), about bonded labour in India, directed by Gregg Helvey, and which won the Student Academy Award - Narrative in 2009.[2] Meanwhile, in 2008 she started her own production company, Sikhya Entertainment and also a line production company.[1] With Anurag Kashyap, she went on to work on film like Gangs of Wasseypur, Part I & II (2012) and That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011),[3] besides, Trishna (2011), Shaitan (2011), Michael (2011), and Aiyya.[4] She also raised nearly 10 million (US$140,000) for Peddlers (2012) made of a budget of Rs 2 cr., by posting the film's script on Facebook.[5]. Peddlers was selected at the International Critics' Week, won rave reviews and opened new markets for Indian Cinema.

She produced Monsoon Shootout as a co-production between India, Netherland and UK and The Lunchbox, a project shown at Film Bazaar (2011),; Cinemart (2012), Berlinale Co-Production Market (2012) and TorinoFilmLab (2012) as a co-production between India, France, Germany & USA.

In May 2013, when The Lunchbox (Dabba) and Monsoon Shootout both were selected for the International Critics' Week and a midnight screening at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival,[6] respectively, The Hollywood Reporter called her "most prolific producers of a new wave of cinema" while The Hollywood Reporter's "2012 Women in Entertainment special", placed her amongst "12 international players to watch";[7] India Today has credited her for giving a facelift to independent cinema, and bridging "the gap between Indian films and foreign buyers and distributors."[5].

Guneet is one of the fifty artists from the Entertainment Industry around the world that featured in Variety's International Women's Impact Report 2018. [8] Deepika Padukone was the only other Indian artist that featured in this prestigious list from India. In 2018, Guneet became one of the first Indian producers to join the Producer branch of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [9]



  1. ^ a b c d Nandini Ramnath (26 October 2012). "Guneet Monga: Sealing the deal". Mint (newspaper). Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Student Film Award Winners" (PDF). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Guneet Monga | Sealing the deal". Livemint. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  4. ^ "TorinoFilmLab | Network | Guneet Monga". Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b Prachi Rege (14 December 2012). "Parallel Queen: Guneet Monga, has managed to bridge the gap between Indian films and foreign buyers and distributors". India Today. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  6. ^ "What makes Guneet Monga the most successful Indie producer at 29". 11 May 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Cannes: India's New Wave Producer Guneet Monga 2:00 AM PDT". The Hollywood Reporter. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.

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