Meet the members of our fall 2018 season 

WRITERS / DIRECTORS

  Swetha Regunathan  / writer-director  Swetha Regunathan is a writer and filmmaker based in NYC. Her series "The Academy" was a finalist for the 2016 Sundance New Voices Lab, and her film "Hasim October" was shortlisted for a 2017 Lexus Short Films award. Currently Swetha is an MFA candidate in the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program and was also the recipient of a 2015-2016 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. Swetha holds a PhD in English from Brown University, and her writing has appeared in Guernica, n+1, Words Without Borders, and other publications. In 2009 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for Best American Essay.

Swetha Regunathan / writer-director

Swetha Regunathan is a writer and filmmaker based in NYC. Her series "The Academy" was a finalist for the 2016 Sundance New Voices Lab, and her film "Hasim October" was shortlisted for a 2017 Lexus Short Films award. Currently Swetha is an MFA candidate in the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program and was also the recipient of a 2015-2016 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. Swetha holds a PhD in English from Brown University, and her writing has appeared in Guernica, n+1, Words Without Borders, and other publications. In 2009 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for Best American Essay.

  Harris Ansari  / writer-director  Harris Ansari is a writer-director from Long Island, New York. He entered the film industry when he edited the Tribeca Film Institute’s most watched web documentary of 2015, #SAVEPUNJABIDELI. The following summer, Harris produced the music video for "Aaja," by hip hop group Swet Shop Boys. He has worked in various capacities on projects for TIME Magazine, NBC (Late Night With Seth Meyers), Academy Award-winner Ross Kauffman’s Fictionless, and Salon.com. At an early stage in his career, Harris has been lucky to work with the likes of James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Melissa Leo and Avan Jogia.  Currently, Harris helps develop CNN’s fourth season of "Death Row Stories," a docuseries produced by Academy Award-winners Alex Gibney and Robert Redford.

Harris Ansari / writer-director

Harris Ansari is a writer-director from Long Island, New York. He entered the film industry when he edited the Tribeca Film Institute’s most watched web documentary of 2015, #SAVEPUNJABIDELI. The following summer, Harris produced the music video for "Aaja," by hip hop group Swet Shop Boys. He has worked in various capacities on projects for TIME Magazine, NBC (Late Night With Seth Meyers), Academy Award-winner Ross Kauffman’s Fictionless, and Salon.com. At an early stage in his career, Harris has been lucky to work with the likes of James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Melissa Leo and Avan Jogia.

Currently, Harris helps develop CNN’s fourth season of "Death Row Stories," a docuseries produced by Academy Award-winners Alex Gibney and Robert Redford.

  Meera Joshi  / writer-director  Meera is a filmmaker and documentarian who loves to explore characters both real and imagined with an empathetic lens. She grew up in Australia and moved to New York to pursue filmmaking at New York University.  Her interest and curiosity in the world has led her to shoot films with farmers in the Andes of Peru and entrepreneurial villagers in India. Her short documentary "A Letter To My Terrorist" was recently featured in the New York Times.    

Meera Joshi / writer-director

Meera is a filmmaker and documentarian who loves to explore characters both real and imagined with an empathetic lens. She grew up in Australia and moved to New York to pursue filmmaking at New York University.

Her interest and curiosity in the world has led her to shoot films with farmers in the Andes of Peru and entrepreneurial villagers in India. Her short documentary "A Letter To My Terrorist" was recently featured in the New York Times. 

 

  Nashwa Zaman  / writer-director  Nashwa Zaman, a Bangladeshi-Albertan, is a writer, director, actress and graduate of NYU’s Tisch Film and Television Program. Nashwa worked for several years as a sound designer before working as the assistant to director Wes Anderson on his film "Isle of Dogs." As an actress, Nashwa was the lead in the short vampire film "Fresh Blood," which played at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival. Her short film "Champ" is currently touring festivals and has screened at the 2018 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2018 Pune Short Film Festival, and won the Spirit of FAVA award at FAVA Fest in 2017.      

Nashwa Zaman / writer-director

Nashwa Zaman, a Bangladeshi-Albertan, is a writer, director, actress and graduate of NYU’s Tisch Film and Television Program. Nashwa worked for several years as a sound designer before working as the assistant to director Wes Anderson on his film "Isle of Dogs." As an actress, Nashwa was the lead in the short vampire film "Fresh Blood," which played at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival. Her short film "Champ" is currently touring festivals and has screened at the 2018 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2018 Pune Short Film Festival, and won the Spirit of FAVA award at FAVA Fest in 2017.

 

 

  Saleem Gondal  / writer-director  Saleem Nasir Gondal is a filmmaker and creative nonfiction writer based in New York. His short film "Before The Flood" was screened as part of the Global Divestment Mobilisation 2017 organized by 350.org. He is also Co-founder of the South Asian Diaspora Artists Collective (SADAC), a member-led group which builds community with South Asian, Indo-Caribbean and POC artists through group discussions, zine production, and art collaboration.   Saleem holds a BFA from the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He also works as a Gallery Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.    www.saleemnasirgondal.com

Saleem Gondal / writer-director

Saleem Nasir Gondal is a filmmaker and creative nonfiction writer based in New York. His short film "Before The Flood" was screened as part of the Global Divestment Mobilisation 2017 organized by 350.org. He is also Co-founder of the South Asian Diaspora Artists Collective (SADAC), a member-led group which builds community with South Asian, Indo-Caribbean and POC artists through group discussions, zine production, and art collaboration. 

Saleem holds a BFA from the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He also works as a Gallery Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

www.saleemnasirgondal.com

  Deboleena Maitra  / writer-director  Deboleena is a recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA degree in Film Production. Both her second-year and thesis short films had elementary-school-age children cast in the lead roles and her thesis film had a cast of ten children. She has directed and worked on films across the USA, India, Singapore, and the UAE. In the fall of 2017, she had the opportunity to study acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Deboleena also studies world dances, and is a member of Public Urban Ritual Experiment (PURE) and Lalitha Dance Company.      

Deboleena Maitra / writer-director

Deboleena is a recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA degree in Film Production. Both her second-year and thesis short films had elementary-school-age children cast in the lead roles and her thesis film had a cast of ten children. She has directed and worked on films across the USA, India, Singapore, and the UAE. In the fall of 2017, she had the opportunity to study acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Deboleena also studies world dances, and is a member of Public Urban Ritual Experiment (PURE) and Lalitha Dance Company.

 

 

  Jyotsna Hariharan  / writer  Jyotsna Hariharan is a writer and playwright from Madurai, India. She holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She's worked for the production, field and marketing departments of TV shows like "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" (Comedy Central), "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" (TBS) and theaters like Theater for the New City, and Creative Outlet. Her 2018 Audie Award nominated radio play "Rebuttal" (HarperCollins) is out now on Audible and other streaming services.    www.jyotsnahariharan.com

Jyotsna Hariharan / writer

Jyotsna Hariharan is a writer and playwright from Madurai, India. She holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She's worked for the production, field and marketing departments of TV shows like "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" (Comedy Central), "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" (TBS) and theaters like Theater for the New City, and Creative Outlet. Her 2018 Audie Award nominated radio play "Rebuttal" (HarperCollins) is out now on Audible and other streaming services. 

www.jyotsnahariharan.com

  Swapna Kurup  / writer-director  Swapna Kurup is a filmmaker of Indian origin currently based between New York and Dubai. She directs and edits most of her films, which include short documentaries, fiction, and video art. Swapna also works on commercial and corporate films for multi-national brands. Her video installations have been commissioned by Dubai Culture and have featured at the Sikka Art Fair, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Her short film "Ranapakhara" has featured at various international film festivals and is the recipient of the Best Documentary Film at Image Nation’s Arab Film Studio 2017 and the Runners-up Audience Choice award at the Imagine Science Film Fest, Abu Dhabi.   

Swapna Kurup / writer-director

Swapna Kurup is a filmmaker of Indian origin currently based between New York and Dubai. She directs and edits most of her films, which include short documentaries, fiction, and video art. Swapna also works on commercial and corporate films for multi-national brands. Her video installations have been commissioned by Dubai Culture and have featured at the Sikka Art Fair, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Her short film "Ranapakhara" has featured at various international film festivals and is the recipient of the Best Documentary Film at Image Nation’s Arab Film Studio 2017 and the Runners-up Audience Choice award at the Imagine Science Film Fest, Abu Dhabi.

 

  Molly Karna  / writer-director  Molly Karna is a director and writer based in New York. In 2017, Molly produced and directed her first short film, "Arrangement," which premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival. In addition, she has worked on numerous projects including feature and short films, commercials, and music videos. After earning an engineering degree at Columbia University in 2015, Molly moved to Mumbai as a Fulbright Scholar, performing research in maternal health and listening to the stories of pregnant women in slums. This experience, and many others, have driven Molly to collect and share the stories of women of color.

Molly Karna / writer-director

Molly Karna is a director and writer based in New York. In 2017, Molly produced and directed her first short film, "Arrangement," which premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival. In addition, she has worked on numerous projects including feature and short films, commercials, and music videos. After earning an engineering degree at Columbia University in 2015, Molly moved to Mumbai as a Fulbright Scholar, performing research in maternal health and listening to the stories of pregnant women in slums. This experience, and many others, have driven Molly to collect and share the stories of women of color.


ACTORS

  Vandit Bhatt  / actor  Vandit has been working in the entertainment industry for over a decade.  You can watch Vandit on "Quantico" (recurring guest star), "Madame Secretary," "Younger," "The Michael J Fox Show," and "One Life to Live." Film credits include: "42 Seconds of Happiness" (on Amazon Prime), "Ripped" (on Netflix), "Sure Fire," "Inmost" (developed with fellow Kalakars members). On stage, Vandit has collaborated with The Public, Roundabout Theater Company, The Atlantic Theater Company, The Ensemble Studio Theater, Ma-Yi Theater Company, The American Conservatory Theater and The Denver Center for The Performing Arts to name a few. Vandit is fluent in Hindi.    www.vanditbhatt.com

Vandit Bhatt / actor

Vandit has been working in the entertainment industry for over a decade.  You can watch Vandit on "Quantico" (recurring guest star), "Madame Secretary," "Younger," "The Michael J Fox Show," and "One Life to Live." Film credits include: "42 Seconds of Happiness" (on Amazon Prime), "Ripped" (on Netflix), "Sure Fire," "Inmost" (developed with fellow Kalakars members). On stage, Vandit has collaborated with The Public, Roundabout Theater Company, The Atlantic Theater Company, The Ensemble Studio Theater, Ma-Yi Theater Company, The American Conservatory Theater and The Denver Center for The Performing Arts to name a few. Vandit is fluent in Hindi.

 www.vanditbhatt.com

  Anaam Shahjahan  / actor  Anaam Shahjahan is a versatile actor, playing roles ranging from Genghis Khan planning to go to war, to a university professor handling big lectures as he navigates a complex personal relationship.  He is trained in martial arts, and does boxing for leisure. He is both physical and emotional, and has the ability to convey it to the audience with ease.            

Anaam Shahjahan / actor

Anaam Shahjahan is a versatile actor, playing roles ranging from Genghis Khan planning to go to war, to a university professor handling big lectures as he navigates a complex personal relationship.

He is trained in martial arts, and does boxing for leisure. He is both physical and emotional, and has the ability to convey it to the audience with ease.

 

 

 

 

  Rita Sengupta  / actor  Rita Sengupta is an actor and comedian based in Brooklyn. She is passionate about telling intentional stories and uplifting the voices of the under-and-misrepresented. She has been featured in Buzzfeed, Glamour Magazine, and A Plus Media. One her favorite roles was portraying the historical bartender, Ada Coleman, in an immersive theater piece: "Ruth and Ada at The Savoy." She studied at Atlantic Theater Company and is training at Upright Citizens Brigade. When she’s not performing, she enjoys drinking craft and non-craft beers, running (living in Washington DC turned her into one those people), and reading memoirs about badass women.   www.ritasengupta.com    

Rita Sengupta / actor

Rita Sengupta is an actor and comedian based in Brooklyn. She is passionate about telling intentional stories and uplifting the voices of the under-and-misrepresented. She has been featured in Buzzfeed, Glamour Magazine, and A Plus Media. One her favorite roles was portraying the historical bartender, Ada Coleman, in an immersive theater piece: "Ruth and Ada at The Savoy." She studied at Atlantic Theater Company and is training at Upright Citizens Brigade. When she’s not performing, she enjoys drinking craft and non-craft beers, running (living in Washington DC turned her into one those people), and reading memoirs about badass women.

www.ritasengupta.com

 

  Piyali Syam  / actor  Piyali is a film, television, theatre, and voiceover actor who has played Kim Kardashian and Matt Damon, in addition to various regular people. She has appeared on the Oxygen Network, Animal Planet, Funny or Die, and Upworthy, and in numerous web-series, award-winning films, theatre productions, and commercials in the U.S. and India. She trained at Matt Newton Studios, Anthony Abeson Studios, The Barrow Group, and Upright Citizens Brigade. A dual US/UK citizen and daughter of Bengali immigrants, she is passionate about the power of storytelling to cultivate empathy, create connections, and expand perspectives.   www.piyalisyam.com  

Piyali Syam / actor

Piyali is a film, television, theatre, and voiceover actor who has played Kim Kardashian and Matt Damon, in addition to various regular people. She has appeared on the Oxygen Network, Animal Planet, Funny or Die, and Upworthy, and in numerous web-series, award-winning films, theatre productions, and commercials in the U.S. and India. She trained at Matt Newton Studios, Anthony Abeson Studios, The Barrow Group, and Upright Citizens Brigade. A dual US/UK citizen and daughter of Bengali immigrants, she is passionate about the power of storytelling to cultivate empathy, create connections, and expand perspectives.

www.piyalisyam.com 

  Noreen Quadir  / actor  Noreen Quadir is an actress who enjoys performing in theatre, TV and film. She received her training in acting at Southern Connecticut State University (where she graduated with a B.A. degree in Theatre), Circle in the Square Theatre School, and Magnet Theater (where she studied improv). She normally plays the young quirky girl next-door type and the sweet, bubbly and shy roles, in both drama and comedy. She particularly enjoys working in projects that are character driven and contain strong social messages. Noreen is also interested in doing voice-over, commercial and print work. She likes to make a difference with her art and is also an activist. During her spare time, she can be seen eating insane amounts of chocolate, reading a good book, dancing, traveling, drinking cosmos with her friends and volunteering.

Noreen Quadir / actor

Noreen Quadir is an actress who enjoys performing in theatre, TV and film. She received her training in acting at Southern Connecticut State University (where she graduated with a B.A. degree in Theatre), Circle in the Square Theatre School, and Magnet Theater (where she studied improv). She normally plays the young quirky girl next-door type and the sweet, bubbly and shy roles, in both drama and comedy. She particularly enjoys working in projects that are character driven and contain strong social messages. Noreen is also interested in doing voice-over, commercial and print work. She likes to make a difference with her art and is also an activist. During her spare time, she can be seen eating insane amounts of chocolate, reading a good book, dancing, traveling, drinking cosmos with her friends and volunteering.

  Samrat Chakrabarti  / actor  Samrat Chakrabarti is an award-winning actor, with a MFA in Acting from the A.R.T/ Moscow Art Theatre School Program at Harvard University. As an actor, he has done dozens of Guest Stars and Recurring Roles on American TV shows, including: "Blindspot" (NBC), "Bull" (CBS), "The Brink" (HBO), "Mr. Robot" (USA), "30 Rock" (NBC), "In Treatment" (HBO), "Damages" (FX), "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "A Gifted Man" (CBS), "Law and Order" (NBC), "The Sopranos" (HBO) and "All My Children" (ABC). He has also been consistently working in films around the world, including Spike Lee's "She Hate Me,"  Joseph Castelo's "The War Within," Deepa Mehta's "Midnight's Children," Gurinder Chadha's "Viceroy's House," and many more.   

Samrat Chakrabarti / actor

Samrat Chakrabarti is an award-winning actor, with a MFA in Acting from the A.R.T/ Moscow Art Theatre School Program at Harvard University. As an actor, he has done dozens of Guest Stars and Recurring Roles on American TV shows, including: "Blindspot" (NBC), "Bull" (CBS), "The Brink" (HBO), "Mr. Robot" (USA), "30 Rock" (NBC), "In Treatment" (HBO), "Damages" (FX), "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "A Gifted Man" (CBS), "Law and Order" (NBC), "The Sopranos" (HBO) and "All My Children" (ABC). He has also been consistently working in films around the world, including Spike Lee's "She Hate Me,"  Joseph Castelo's "The War Within," Deepa Mehta's "Midnight's Children," Gurinder Chadha's "Viceroy's House," and many more.

 

  Shezi Sardar  / actor  Shezi Sardar is an actor and writer with numerous credits across network television and film. In 2016, Shezi won the Outstanding Lead Actor Award at Tamasha, a festival for South Asian Performing Arts in New York City, for his lead performance in the original play, "Borders in a Bedroom," which he also co-produced. The play was taken to London to a critically acclaimed and sold out run. Shezi can be seen on "Blue Bloods," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Mysteries of Laura," "Elementary," "The Blacklist," "Madam Secretary," and "The Punisher" on Netflix. He was selected for the highly competitive NBC Scene Showcase in 2013 and is trained with The William Esper Studio and The Barrow Group.

Shezi Sardar / actor

Shezi Sardar is an actor and writer with numerous credits across network television and film. In 2016, Shezi won the Outstanding Lead Actor Award at Tamasha, a festival for South Asian Performing Arts in New York City, for his lead performance in the original play, "Borders in a Bedroom," which he also co-produced. The play was taken to London to a critically acclaimed and sold out run. Shezi can be seen on "Blue Bloods," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Mysteries of Laura," "Elementary," "The Blacklist," "Madam Secretary," and "The Punisher" on Netflix. He was selected for the highly competitive NBC Scene Showcase in 2013 and is trained with The William Esper Studio and The Barrow Group.

  Neal Gupta  / actor  Neal Gupta is a NYC-based artist, activist, dog-lover, and foodie.  Film: "The First Purge"; TV: "Elementary";   Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe (London), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kansas City Rep Training: BFA Acting- Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy.   www.nealgupta.com

Neal Gupta / actor

Neal Gupta is a NYC-based artist, activist, dog-lover, and foodie.

Film: "The First Purge"; TV: "Elementary"; 

Theatre: Shakespeare's Globe (London), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kansas City Rep Training: BFA Acting- Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy.

www.nealgupta.com

  Shivali Bhammer /  actor-singer  Shivali Bhammer is an actor and singer, born in London. Having studied economics and philosophy, she embarked on a career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Shivali then changed direction to pursue a career in the arts, with diplomas in acting, kathak, and ballet, and as a voiceover artist. As a singer, she was signed to Sony Music BMG and has released two devotional albums, The Bhajan Project and Urban Temple (Eros Music), which reached number 1 on the iTunes World Chart. Shivali was nominated for two global Indian Music Awards at the age of 23 and was listed as the Top 25 under 25 South Asian Artists in England.       

Shivali Bhammer / actor-singer

Shivali Bhammer is an actor and singer, born in London. Having studied economics and philosophy, she embarked on a career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Shivali then changed direction to pursue a career in the arts, with diplomas in acting, kathak, and ballet, and as a voiceover artist. As a singer, she was signed to Sony Music BMG and has released two devotional albums, The Bhajan Project and Urban Temple (Eros Music), which reached number 1 on the iTunes World Chart. Shivali was nominated for two global Indian Music Awards at the age of 23 and was listed as the Top 25 under 25 South Asian Artists in England. 

 

 

  Sunita Deshpande  / actor  Sunita Deshpande is an improviser and actor living in NYC.  She just wrote her first play, "A Sari for Pallavi," which got to top 10 out of 1500 in the Samuel French OOB Festival 2016, and she made into a short film starring herself and...herself.  She's done improv with Tina Fey in an Amex commercial and will be appearing on a popular TV show later this year as her first recurring. 

Sunita Deshpande / actor

Sunita Deshpande is an improviser and actor living in NYC.

She just wrote her first play, "A Sari for Pallavi," which got to top 10 out of 1500 in the Samuel French OOB Festival 2016, and she made into a short film starring herself and...herself.

She's done improv with Tina Fey in an Amex commercial and will be appearing on a popular TV show later this year as her first recurring. 


LEADERSHIP TEAM

  Vishesh Sharma  / editor-producer  Vishesh is a New York-based digital video producer/editor. He grew up in Delhi, India. Coming from a family of film distributors, Vishesh was always interested in various aspects of media and entertainment. He has worked in advertising production in India, with filmmakers such as Amitabha Roy and Dibakar Banerjee.  In the US, he has been a producer with ImaginAsian TV, and has worked with Desihits.com as a Head of Production, where he managed many web series and shows for the company.  His first short film “Color of Anger” has won awards at various festivals. He has recently finished producing two short films. Vishesh is currently an editor in an advertising agency during the day, and working on his passion for cinema in the evening and weekends.

Vishesh Sharma / editor-producer

Vishesh is a New York-based digital video producer/editor. He grew up in Delhi, India. Coming from a family of film distributors, Vishesh was always interested in various aspects of media and entertainment. He has worked in advertising production in India, with filmmakers such as Amitabha Roy and Dibakar Banerjee.

In the US, he has been a producer with ImaginAsian TV, and has worked with Desihits.com as a Head of Production, where he managed many web series and shows for the company.

His first short film “Color of Anger” has won awards at various festivals. He has recently finished producing two short films. Vishesh is currently an editor in an advertising agency during the day, and working on his passion for cinema in the evening and weekends.

  Kamran Khan  / writer-director  Kamran's passion for storytelling is a common thread through his writing, directing and award winning photography, which has been featured in Ron Howard's Project Imagination, the Hasselblad Masters Competition, and PDN Magazine's Digital Imaging Awards.  His scripts have placed in the American Zoetrope, Scriptapalooza, WorldFest Houston, and Screencraft script contests and the New Hope Film Festival.  Kamran is also a member of the NY State Bar where his passion for fictional storytelling is not as enthusiastically received.

Kamran Khan / writer-director

Kamran's passion for storytelling is a common thread through his writing, directing and award winning photography, which has been featured in Ron Howard's Project Imagination, the Hasselblad Masters Competition, and PDN Magazine's Digital Imaging Awards.

His scripts have placed in the American Zoetrope, Scriptapalooza, WorldFest Houston, and Screencraft script contests and the New Hope Film Festival.

Kamran is also a member of the NY State Bar where his passion for fictional storytelling is not as enthusiastically received.

  Pulkit Datta  / writer-producer-director  Raised in six countries across four continents, Pulkit’s filmmaking interests are inherently cross-cultural. He started his career assisting director Mira Nair and has since worked on a wide range of international projects. He has worked on the creative development and production of narrative films, Sundance-backed documentaries, commercials, short films, and multimedia campaigns. His films have screened at festivals such as, Toronto, Tribeca, and NewFilmmakers New York. His most recent short film, "Wishful Whiskers," premiered at Atlanta Film Festival, and has toured several festivals. He has independently produced feature documentaries and short films. Pulkit is an INK Fellow, Impact Partners Producing Fellow, and TNP Scholar, and is an alum of the Independent Filmmaker Project (US), NFDC Film Bazaar (India), and Cine Qua Non Lab (Mexico).   www.pulkitdatta.com

Pulkit Datta / writer-producer-director

Raised in six countries across four continents, Pulkit’s filmmaking interests are inherently cross-cultural. He started his career assisting director Mira Nair and has since worked on a wide range of international projects. He has worked on the creative development and production of narrative films, Sundance-backed documentaries, commercials, short films, and multimedia campaigns. His films have screened at festivals such as, Toronto, Tribeca, and NewFilmmakers New York. His most recent short film, "Wishful Whiskers," premiered at Atlanta Film Festival, and has toured several festivals. He has independently produced feature documentaries and short films. Pulkit is an INK Fellow, Impact Partners Producing Fellow, and TNP Scholar, and is an alum of the Independent Filmmaker Project (US), NFDC Film Bazaar (India), and Cine Qua Non Lab (Mexico).

www.pulkitdatta.com

  Ami Sheth  / actor  Ami has had major Film, TV and Print success in both the United States and India. She is currently filming as the recurring role of “Sana” in the upcoming AMC TV Show “Dietland.” She has acted in several films including the recent SXSW Critics Choice winning film "Last Beautiful Island" and the Cross Indian-American Film "Walkaway". She has also guest starred in the TV shows "Bull" (CBS), "Blue Bloods"(CBS) and "Delocated" (Adult Swim) amongst others. She has had the pleasure of shooting a TV Pilot for Discovery Inc. and Animal Planet which has allowed her to utilize her love of acting alongside her education in Veterinary Medicine.  One of her greatest honors was being chosen to attend the Sundance Film Lab in Utah and working amongst many talented directors and actors from around the world.

Ami Sheth / actor

Ami has had major Film, TV and Print success in both the United States and India. She is currently filming as the recurring role of “Sana” in the upcoming AMC TV Show “Dietland.” She has acted in several films including the recent SXSW Critics Choice winning film "Last Beautiful Island" and the Cross Indian-American Film "Walkaway". She has also guest starred in the TV shows "Bull" (CBS), "Blue Bloods"(CBS) and "Delocated" (Adult Swim) amongst others. She has had the pleasure of shooting a TV Pilot for Discovery Inc. and Animal Planet which has allowed her to utilize her love of acting alongside her education in Veterinary Medicine.

One of her greatest honors was being chosen to attend the Sundance Film Lab in Utah and working amongst many talented directors and actors from around the world.

  Lipica Shah  / actor  Lipica is a New York City-based actor-singer who thrives on collaborative work on stage and screen with a passion for helping develop new plays. She works consistently in theatre (in New York and regionally), voiceovers, and television. Favorite roles include simultaneously originating the title characters in  The Chronicles of Kalki  and  Shiv  as part of Aditi Kapil’s “The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy,” Priya in Rajiv Joseph’s  The Lake Effect , and understudying Jess in Martyna Majok’s  Cost of Living . She has a soft spot in her heart for sassy-on-the-verge-of-neurotic characters, really enjoys playing “the pretty little psychopath,” and would get a kick out of starring in a Sharktopus-esque sci-fi film someday. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking (and the ensuing eating), doing crossword puzzles in pen, and running for inordinate amounts of time outdoors. Proud member: AEA and SAG-AFTRA.    www.LipicaShah.com

Lipica Shah / actor

Lipica is a New York City-based actor-singer who thrives on collaborative work on stage and screen with a passion for helping develop new plays. She works consistently in theatre (in New York and regionally), voiceovers, and television. Favorite roles include simultaneously originating the title characters in The Chronicles of Kalki and Shiv as part of Aditi Kapil’s “The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy,” Priya in Rajiv Joseph’s The Lake Effect, and understudying Jess in Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living. She has a soft spot in her heart for sassy-on-the-verge-of-neurotic characters, really enjoys playing “the pretty little psychopath,” and would get a kick out of starring in a Sharktopus-esque sci-fi film someday. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking (and the ensuing eating), doing crossword puzzles in pen, and running for inordinate amounts of time outdoors. Proud member: AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

 www.LipicaShah.com

  Adeel Ahmed  / writer-actor-producer  Adeel is a filmmaker and actor. Acting highlights include: Theater: The Domestic Crusaders (Audelco Nomination) at The Kennedy Center, Rangoon (Pan Asian Rep) at Theatre Row, Beyond the Horizon at Theater for The New City. TV/FILM: "Elementary" (CBS), "Deception" (NBC), "The Night Of" (HBO), "Malaal" (HUM TV), Law & Order: CI (NBC), "Lez Bomb" (upcoming 2018 with Bruce Dern, Cloris Leachman, Kevin Pollack, Elaine Hendrix) Producer: "Burn Country" starring James Franco, Melissa Leo, Rachel Brosnahan (Tribeca 2016, Winner Best Actor Tribeca, Samuel Goldwyn), "American Paradise" (Sundance 2017, SXSW 2017, Winner Best U.S. Short Nashville Film Festival).  Director: "Unforgiven" (TIME Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon, Winner of 3 Green Eyeshade Awards - Investigative Journalism), "#SavePunjabiDeli" (Tribeca Film Institute).

Adeel Ahmed / writer-actor-producer

Adeel is a filmmaker and actor. Acting highlights include: Theater: The Domestic Crusaders (Audelco Nomination) at The Kennedy Center, Rangoon (Pan Asian Rep) at Theatre Row, Beyond the Horizon at Theater for The New City. TV/FILM: "Elementary" (CBS), "Deception" (NBC), "The Night Of" (HBO), "Malaal" (HUM TV), Law & Order: CI (NBC), "Lez Bomb" (upcoming 2018 with Bruce Dern, Cloris Leachman, Kevin Pollack, Elaine Hendrix) Producer: "Burn Country" starring James Franco, Melissa Leo, Rachel Brosnahan (Tribeca 2016, Winner Best Actor Tribeca, Samuel Goldwyn), "American Paradise" (Sundance 2017, SXSW 2017, Winner Best U.S. Short Nashville Film Festival).

Director: "Unforgiven" (TIME Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon, Winner of 3 Green Eyeshade Awards - Investigative Journalism), "#SavePunjabiDeli" (Tribeca Film Institute).