Alankrita Shrivastava is an award-winning feature film and series director and screenwriter from Mumbai, India with a penchant for telling women’s stories. She likes to explore the interior world of women through her films.
Most recently Alankrita has co-written the critically acclaimed, award winning and hugely popular Emmy nominated Amazon Prime Original series MADE IN HEAVEN Season 2, which released in September, 2023. She has also directed two of the episodes. She was a co-writer and a director of Made in Heaven Season One (2019) as well. The series has been a watershed for the portrayal of LGBQT characters and exposing the deep patriarchy that lies just beneath the surface of Indian society.
Alankrita Shrivastava has written and directed a segment of the much-loved and critically acclaimed series MODERN LOVE MUMBAI for Amazon Prime Video, that released in May 2022.
Alankrita Shrivastava created, wrote, directed and executive produced a drama series for Netflix, called BOMBAY BEGUMS, featuring Pooja Bhatt. It released in March 20121 to critical acclaim and popular success.
DOLLY KITTY AUR WOH CHAMAKTE SITARE, Alankrita’s third feature film as writer-director, featuring Bhumi Pednekar and Konkona Sensharma, premiered at the Busan International Film Festival (2019), and released as a Netflix Original in September 2020.
Alankrita’s second feature film as writer-director, LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA released in India in July 2017, and was a critical and commercial success.
The film created a huge conversation across the media, social media and film watchers about what is the real freedom of expression allowed for women, in a country that is the world’s largest democracy.
Acclaimed critically in India and internationally, Lipstick Under My Burkha has travelled to over 80 international film festivals. It has won 18 international awards including the Spirit of Asia Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the inaugural Oxfam Award for Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at Films De Femmes International Festival in France to the Best Film at the Glasgow Film Festival, Best Film at the London Asian Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival. It has also won Awards at Cines del Sur, Granada, Spain, Cinemasia Amsterdam and the New York Indian Film Festival. It also won the inaugural TVE Global Sustainability Award for Film in London, for its contribution to gender equality.
Alankrita Shrivastava was named one of the 50 Most Influential Young Indians by GQ magazine in 2017.
Alankrita has previously written and directed her debut feature film - Turning 30 (2011). The coming of age of a woman as she grapples with heartbreak and a crisis in her career, in the face of her 30th birthday.
Alankrita has also written and directed a fiction short Open Doors (featuring Tisca Chopra, on a day in the life of a woman battling marital abuse), a documentary and a music video. She has worked on many Indian feature films in different capacities, including being the Associate Director on Raajneeti and the Executive Producer on Khoya Khoya Chand.
Alankrita Shrivastava read Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University (2000), and Mass Communication at Jamia Milia Islamia (2003). She went to Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun (1997).
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