Radha Bharadwaj is an Indian filmmaker, film producer and screenwriter. She moved to the United States in her late teens to study film. Bharadwaj's screenwriting and directing feature debut is Closet Land. The critically acclaimed surreal psychological drama was released by Universal Pictures in 1991, making Radha Bharadwaj the first director of Indian descent to have a film released by a major Hollywood studio. Closet Land stars Alan Rickman and Madeleine Stowe. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer produced the feature. The screenplay for Closet Land won the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, among others.
Bharadwaj's second feature is the Victorian gothic mystery, Basil. The period thriller, set in the United Kingdom, stars Derek Jacobi, Christian Slater, Jared Leto and Claire Forlani. The director's cut for Basil was twice selected to be the closing night film for the Special Presentation series at the Toronto International Film Festival, and chosen for a prime slot at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film was also acclaimed at the American Film Market. Bharadwaj is currently working on new projects.