Shonali Bose and Aamir Khan at the press meet of DVD release of film Amu
|Born||3 June 1965|
|Relatives||Malini Chib (cousin)|
Shonali Bose (Bengali: সোনালী বোস) (born 3 June 1965) is an Indian film director, writer and film producer. Having worked on three feature film projects, she has won such accolades as a National Film Award, a Bridgestone Narrative Award, and a Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaker Award.
Bose earned her breakthrough with her first feature film, the 2005 biographical drama Amu, which was based on her own novel of the same name. The film which chronicles the genocidal attacks on Sikhs in Delhi in 1984, garnered critical acclaimed and the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English. Bose co-wrote and assisted her former husband Bedabrata Pain to direct the historical war film Chittagong, which released to positive reviews in 2012.
Bose's 2015 romantic drama Margarita with a Straw was critically and commercially successful. Inspired from the life of Malini Chib—her cousin and a disability rights activist, the film earned Bose a Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaker Award and a NETPAC Award. Bose is also an active philanthropist and supports various charitable organisations.
Shonali Bose was born on 3 June 1965 in Calcutta, West Bengal and spent most of her young adult life in Mumbai and New Delhi. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University and master's degree in Political Science from Columbia University, New York. She has been an activist since time at Miranda Houseof the Delhi University. Bose was also involved in theater as an actor throughout school and college.
Early career and breakthrough with Amu (1999-2010)
Bose worked as an organizer for the National Lawyers Guild for about a year. She directed live community television in Manhattan before joining the MFA Directing Program at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Early in her career, Bose directed such short films as The Gendarme Is Here and Undocumented, and the feature-length documentary Lifting the Veil; the productions were screened at numerous film festivals.
Bose made her feature film debut with the 2005 drama Amu; she had also written the production's screenplay. The film released in India in January to critical acclaim and positive response from the audience. Amu was screened at international film festivals in Berlin and Toronto. Bose won several national and international awards for the film, including the FIPRESCI Critics Award, the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English and the Gollapudi Srinivas Award for Best Debut Director. Bose wrote the novel Amu, which based on the screenplay which released simultaneously with the film.
Continued critical success (2010- present)
Bose co-wrote the Bedabrata Pain directed film Chittagong, a period drama that chronicles the 1930 Chittagong armoury raid. Her 2014 production, Margarita, with a Straw, starring Kalki Koechlin as a girl with cerebral palsy, premiered at 2014 Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim. The film won the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at the event. She had begun working on the script a year after the death of her son; the film's initial draft won the Sundance Mahindra Global Filmmaker Award, at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Bose will next direct Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim in the film named The Sky Is Pink based on the motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary. Currently in per-production, the film will start filming in July 2018. Bose has also committed to write the pilot episode for an untitled television series based on Diksha Basu's debut novel The Windfall.
|2005||Amu||Writer, Director and Producer|
|2012||Chittagong||Writer and Producer|
|2015||Margarita with a Straw||Story, Screenplay, Dialogue, Director and Producer|
|2019||The Sky Is Pink||Director|
|Amu||2005||National Film Award: Best Feature Film in English|
|2005||FIPRESCI Critics Award.||International Federation of Film Critics|
|2005||Best English Language Film||Star Screen Award|
|2005||Sundance Global Filmmaker Award|
|Margarita with a Straw||2015||NETPAC Jury award for Best Asian Film ||Toronto International Film Festival|
|2015||Audience Award||Filmfest DC – Washington DC International Film Festival|
|2016||Audience Award - Best Feature||Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival|
|2015||Youth Jury Award||Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema|
|2015||Audience Award for Best Feature Film||Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema|
|2015||Feature Film Award - Best International Film||Galway Film Fleadh (Ireland)|
|2015||Best International Feature||Gaze International LGBT Film Festival (Ireland) - Spirit of GAZE Award|
|2015||Audience Award||Montclair Film Festival (MFF)|
|2015||Audience Award for Best Feature Film||Brussels Extraordinary Film Festival|
|2015||Best Film||Grand Prix Jury Award for Best Film|
|2015||Best Film||Image Out. Rochester LGBT Film Festival|
|2015||Jury Award – Best Narrative Fiction||MIX Copenhagen|
|2015||Best Feature Film||Lili Award|
|2015||Best Feature Film||Casa Asia Film Week, Spain|
|2015||Audience Award for Best Feature Film||North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival|
|2015||Best Film||Utah Film Center – Damn These Heels|
|2015||Audience Award for Best Feature Film||Teaneck International Film Festival - Best Feature Award|
|2015||Best Screenplay||Nashville Film Festival – Bridgestone Narrative Competition|
|2015||Audience Choice Award||Hamburg Gay and Lesbian Film Festival|
|2015||Best Film, Best Script, Best Direction - Filmmaker of the Year||Stardust COLORS |
|2015||VIWIFF Award||Vancouver International Women in Film Festival|
|2014||NETPAC Award||Toronto International Film Festival|
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