In our final Small Talk we cover Indian cinema with screenwriter, director and producer Prashant Nair and film producer Swati Shetty. In this engaging episode, Prashant and Swati speak with Alka Bagri about how they entered into film-making, Indian independent cinema, creativity, topical issues in India and their film ‘Umrika’. This captivating series features conversations between fascinating people from across various disciplines including music, cinema, art, anthropology, politics and philosophy. Each month, our guests choose a theme close to their heart.
Prashant is a Screenwriter, Director and Producer. He was born in India and raised in Europe and has an engineering degree from Purdue University. He has a background in social media and technology, co-founding Avedya in 2000, a social media consultancy firm based in Paris to service the European market. Prashant redirected to filmmaking after attending a film intensive course at New York University. His films include Max and Helena (2009), Delhi in a Day (2011) and Umrika (2015), which he wrote and directed and which had its UK premiere at the opening of the 2015 Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival.
Swati is a producer and currently has her own production company, Samosa Stories. She has a degree in Pharmacy and an MBA from the Bombay University. She has worked with Eli Lilly Ranbaxy before moving into the television industry and has worked for over 10 years with companies such as StarTV (Fox Group) and Disney in India where she was an Executive Director. She was President at Balaji Motion Pictures working films including The Dirty Picture (2011) and Shootout at Wadala (2013) She currently runs her own production company called Samosa Stories, producing the film Umrika (2015).