SHAZIA SHRIVASTAVA

SHAZIA SHRIVASTAVA (Writer/Director)

Born and raised in India, Shazia Shrivastava earned her first degree in Literature from Mumbai and a second degree in Directing from New Zealand during which she directed short films, theater pieces and documentaries. Her graduate film, Downtime was screened at the Belladonna Film Festival in Christchurch.

She then returned to India to work on Rajat Kapoor's feature film, Mixed Doubles as an Assistant Director. She was also an Assistant Director and Stage manager on the Los Angeles production of Richard Kalinoski's award winning play, Beast on the Moon produced by Olga Konstantulakis. She recently assisted Scott Z. Burns (Screenwriter on The Informant, Contagion) on his short film, Sex Scientists.

She lives in Los Angeles and works in Mumbai with her mother and writing partner, Sharifa Roy under their company, Mothers & Daughters Films. Do Pahar is her first independent short film as a Writer/Director.

SHARIFA ROY

SHARIFA ROY (Writer/Director)

Sharifa Roy is a Writer/Director at Mothers & Daughters Films, co founded with her daughter, Shazia. She started her career teaching English Literature in high school for seven years. But films always beckoned and her first opportunity came in the form of a TV play she wrote and directed for Doordarshan in 1989.

She broke into the film industry as a Set Dresser under her husband and renowned Production Designer, Nitish Roy and worked on noted films like Shyam Benegal's Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda and Disney's The Jungle Book among many others. Through Set Dressing she discovered a flair for Costume Design and subsequently worked on music videos, commercials, Bengali features, Ek Poshla Bristi and Tobu Mone Rekho and prime time television serials like Shikast, Sea Hawks and Yeh Ishq Nahin Aasaan. Writing however was always her primary calling. In 1999, she co-wrote the popular TV series, Hip Hip Hurray with Vinay Pathak and Nupur Asthana.

Do Pahar is her first independent short film as a Writer/Director.