• LESLEE UDWIN – Director and Producer

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    In 1986, Leslee faced a life- and home-threatening experience at the hands of one of Britain’s most notorious criminal landlords. After fighting a long and hard battle against him, and winning – setting a legal precedent in the High Court of England – she felt that as many people as possible should know about and be inspired by this optimistic story, so she set about getting it made as a TV film. That was her first step towards producing. The resultant TV film (BBC Screen Two) “SITTING TARGETS” had considerable impact as a piece of campaigning television.

    Leslee was then approached by the Birmingham Six Campaign Group to try to set up a film in their defence. For Granada Television (UK) and HBO (US), she developed and produced the award-winning drama-documentary feature “Who Bombed Birmingham?” starring John Hurt. This film was hailed as mould-breaking and had an enormous and controversial impact in the UK. It helped get the case of the six innocent men reopened and led to the long overdue release of ‘the Birminghjam Six’ (after 17 years of wrongful imprisonment). It also led Margaret Thatcher, then PM of England, to pronounce in parliament “We will not have trial by Television in this country!”. The film criticised the police for forcing confessions out of these innocent men, and the British Judiciary for the responsibility they bore for this miscarriage of Justice and abuse of Human Rights.

    In 1995 Leslee set up her own Feature Film production company, ASSASSIN FILMS, under the auspices of which she has produced 5 feature films, including EAST IS EAST a comedy drama about cultural integration. This was her first feature film and it went on to win the BAFTA Award for best British Film, and some 35 other prestigious awards worldwide. EAST IS EAST was the first British independent low-budget film to cross over into mainstream cinemas and become a worldwide hit. It has contributed strongly to inter-cultural relations between the British and Asian communities in the UK, and is used as a learning tool in schools across Europe.

    Leslee was awarded the London Critics’ Circle Producer of the Year Award.

    Amongst further feature films, Leslee also Produced WEST IS WEST (starring Om Puri, Ila Arun, Vijay Raaz), a sequel to EAST IS EAST, which was a smash hit in the UK and which won a number of international awards.

    As well as producing Leslee also lectures on film and its value as a tool for change – including seminars at (amongst others) The Danish National Film School, the National Film and Television School of the UK, the Oxford Union at Oxford university, London Film Academy, Notre Dame University USA.

  • DIBANG – Co Producer

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    Dibang, a senior journalist and member of debate panel with the news channel ABP News, is rated amongst the best Hindi anchors in the industry today. He was the Managing Editor of NDTV India, a 24 hour Hindi news channel in India. As the Executive Editor, he was the launching face for NDTV India. He formerly worked for the Hindi news channel Aaj Tak and was its launching face when it became a 24 hour channel. Before joining Aaj Tak, Dibang was a correspondent with The Sunday Times of India in New Delhi. He started his career in journalism with the Illustrated Weekly after graduating from University of Delhi. Dibang grew up in Arunachal Pradesh in North-east India. He anchored the first-ever hour-long Hindi debate show on television, Muqabla which won the Best Talk Show Award at the Indian Television Academy Awards 2006. Remarkably, it was the first time that a Hindi chat show won such an award in a category comprising mostly of English chat shows. Dibang has won many awards for his anchoring and documentaries. He also acted in the Italian-Indian coproduction of the feature film “Gangor” directed by Italo Spinelli, and in Madras Café, directed by Shoojit Sircar. He has worked for several foreign television networks including: [SBS] and [ABC] of Australia, [NHK] of Japan and [RAI] of Italy. Dibang is a life member of the Editors Guild of India and the Press Club of India. Among his interests are: music, literature and World Cinema.

  • NICK FRASER – Executive Producer

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    Nick Fraser was born in London in 1948 and educated at Oxford. He has worked as a journalist, independent television producer and a programme editor. Currently he is editor of Storyville, the BBC’s long-running and successful series of international documentaries. Programmes shown on Storyville have won many awards, including the Oscar, Sundance prizes, Peabody awards, IDFA trophies and Griersons. Nick Fraser has written five non-fiction books, including The Voice of Modern Hatred, Encounters with the European Far Right, and he is a contributing editor of Harper’s magazine, New York.

  • LORNA AUERBACH – Executive Producer

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    Lorna Auerbach was born in Los Angeles in 1948. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and History and an M.A. in Multi-Cultural Education. She is CEO & Founder of Chasca Films, LLC which produces and supports media projects that raise global awareness of issues affecting the safety and survival of women and girls. She is currently working on a series of PSAs and short films to raise awareness about human trafficking in the U.S.

  • RIDDHI JHA – Associate Producer

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    Riddhi is a UK Producer/Writer, educated at Royal Holloway, University of London. She started her career working in post-production and later began developing programmes for major UK television channels. Her debut in production was on a Channel 4 documentary ‘Why Don’t You Speak English?’ which followed the lives of those who had settled in the UK for the first time. Riddhi has since worked on the popular BBC television series ‘The Great British Bake Off’, has cast contributors and worked as Researcher for several productions for the BBC and Discovery and has scripted several commercials. “Riddhi came on board as an Associate Producer on India’s Daughter with the sort of commitment, energy and passion that a producer dreams of having at his/her side”, Leslee Udwin has said of her. Riddhi has a feature film in development as writer/producer – the story of a child bride.

  • FREIDA PINTO – Associate Producer

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    Freida Pinto graduated from St Xavier’s College in her hometown of Mumbai with a BA in English in 2005. She was signed up to the Elite Model Agency in India where she was selected for numerous campaigns for brands such as De Beers, Visa, MTV, Chanel, eBay and Airtel. She has appeared on several TV shows including  anchoring “Full Circle” on Zee International Asia Pacific, successfully completing 52 episodes where she presented a unique report on Afghanistan and explored the vibrant cultures and traditions of Fiji, Malaysia and Singapore among others. She was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for her feature film debut as Latika in “Slumdog Millionaire” (2009) and shared a Screen Actors Guild award with the rest of the cast. She then appeared in the Woody Allen directed 2010 comedy “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”, before tackling the title role in Julian Schnabel’s 2011’s Miral, an autobiographical drama about an orphaned Palestinian girl drawn into the conflict following the Arab-Israeli war. She appeared in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and starred in Michael Winterbottom’s modern retelling of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Ubervilles.

  • ANURADHA SINGH – Editor

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    Anuradha graduated from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune where she studied editing. She is best known for work on multi-Oscar award-winning Slumdog Millionaire. Her career has been unusually varied: she won the 4th Rajeev Gandhi Young National Poet Award (INDIA) for her poetry; for editing, she was awarded Best Film Editor by NBC and Best Short Edited Film by UNICEF; and has also directed short films: “Beyond Colours” and “Touch the Sky with Glory” (which she also wrote and edited). She has worked as editor on many films including the acclaimed documentary “Fire in the Blood”, “Million Dollar Arm” for Walt Disney Pictures, “Basmati Blues”, “Mission Kashmir” directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. INDIA’s DAUGHTER is her second film as editor working with Leslee Udwin – the first was West is West (award-winning sequel to East is East). Leslee say of her: “Apart from being a superb editor, Anuradha is a loyal, warm, big-hearted and utterly committed friend and team member. I could not have made India’s Daughter without her at my side”. Anu – which film was Official selection in Palm Spring International Film Festival (USA)

  • RESUL POOKUTTY – Sound Designer

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    Sound designer, production mixer, sound effects and foley editor, and post-production re-recording mixer, Resul Pookutty is the leading and most feted proponent of sync sound recording in India. Blending technology with strong Indian aesthetics, he has brought Indian cinema sound to a new level and international acclaim.

    Born on May 30, 1971 at Vilakkupara in Kollam District of Kerala, Pookutty received his Bachelor of Physics degree from University of Kerala in 1990. Later he studied Law at the Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram, and went on to major in Sound Recording & Sound Engineering with a Post Graduate Diploma in Cinema at the prestigious Film And Television Institute Of India (FTII), Pune, in 1994.

    Pookutty has recorded, edited, engineered and designed more than 70 films, including various documentaries for BBC, Channel-4, Norwegian Television, and various other independent projects from America and Europe. He has recorded and released the first and only Library of Indian Sound Effects called “The Essential Indian Sound Effects”, one of the finest works to preserve sound in Indian cinema. His pioneering effort of using Sound as a work of art – “Song For An ancient Land”, has been exhibited in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

    Pookutty is the recipient of numerous awards and honours for his contribution to cinema. His work in the film “Slumdog Millionaire” won him the prestigious- Academy Award® of Merit, more popularly known as Oscars, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) award for outstanding achievements in the field of Cinema, making him the first and only Asian to win all these laurels. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscar Committee), Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild (MPSE) and CAS (Cinema Audio Society) of America. He has been conferred ‘Padma Shri’, by the Government of India for distinguished service. He was awarded the “News Maker of the Year” by Manorama News Channel and India Today weekly’s “News Maker”. He has been accorded Honorary Doctorate by the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit. He was awarded the Mathrubhoomi-Amrita Television’s “Prince Of Sound” Award, and a special contribution to Indian Cinema honour from Asianet Television. His work in Malayalam movie “Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja” won him the Annual Malayalam Movie Award for Best Sound, and the ‘National Award’ for best sound design from the President of India.

    His other awards include: The Zee Cine Award for the Best Sound Designer (“Musafir”); the Star Screen Award, The Producers Guild Award and The Zee Cine Award for best Sound Recording & Sound Design (“Black”); the IIFA (Indian International Film Academy) Award in Macau (“Ghajini”) Producers Guild Award (“Blue”); the Zee Cine Award, Producers Guild Award, the prestigious IIFA Award in Singapore for best Sound Design (“Ra.One”); the State Award for Best Sound Design from Govt. Of Maharashtra (“A Rainy Day”). His latest work in the film “Roar” is nominated for The Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Design at MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild) in Los Angeles.

    Pookutty’s recent work as a producer in the film “ID” has won him a selection in the prestigious ‘India Panorama’ at the International film Festival of India, won ‘Best Asian Film’ in the International Film Festival Of Kerala and ‘Audience Award’ in Torino International Film Festival. His latest film as a Co-Producer and Sound Designer “Nanak Shah Fakir” a biopic on the life of Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism, is releasing world wide in March 2015.

    During the Bhuj Earthquake of 2001, he used sound sensors to aid rescue operations saving the lives of seven earthquake victims. His philanthropic organization ‘Resul Pookutty Foundation’ caters to serve the needy, primarily in education and healthcare across India. He is one of the Trustees of the biggest Cancer Foundation in India, “Prashanti Cancer Care”, Pune.

  • KRSNA – Composer

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    Krsna graduated in Film Communication from India’s prestigious National Institute of Design. Combining extensive training in Indian ragas, classic Hindustani and Western music with a film school background, allows award-winning composer Krsna to produce distinctive scores for feature films, singles and documentaries.

Hit Bollywood film “Tanu Weds Manu” marked his debut as a Music Composer (and playback singer). He produced its chart-busting songs “Jugni”, “Rangrez” and “Yun Hi”. One of the year’s most popular music albums, it won Krsna Filmfare’s 2012 Best Music Talent Award and another Filmfare nomination for Best Original Score. His 2nd feature film’s “Jolly LLB’s” (hit track “Jhooth Boliya”) also became one of the year’s top ten movies. Krsna also scored independent film “Oonga”, which has been selected for 2013’s New York Indian Film Festival.

Apart from motion picture work, Krsna is expanding into producing World Fusion, R&B, Oriental Hip-hop, Pop-Dance and House music integrated with classical and contemporary Indian ethos.