Guneet Monga

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Guneet Monga
Born (1983-11-21) 21 November 1983 (age 34)
New Delhi
Residence Mumbai
Occupation film producer, line producer,
former CEO Anurag Kashyap Films

Guneet Monga (born 1983) is an Indian film producer, BAFTA nominee and line producer and the co-founder of Sikhya Entertainment, a film production company, and also CEO at Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd. (AKFPL), which she joined in 2009, producing notable films like Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 (2012), Peddlers (2012) and The Lunchbox (Dabba) (2013).[1]

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 to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi in 2004.[1]


In 2003, Monga intern 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$150,000) for Peddlers (2012) made of a budget of Rs 2 cr., by posting the film's script on Facebook.[5]

She co-produced Monsoon Shootout jointly with Yaffle Films, UK. Monga was involved in the production of The Lunchbox, a project shown at Film Bazaar (2011),; Cinemart (2012), Berlinale Co-Production Market (2012) and TorinoFilmLab (2012).

In May 2013, when two of her feature films, The Lunchbox (Dabba) and Monsoon Shootout 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]



  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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