Sooni Taraporevala an Indian photographer, screenwriter and filmmaker is best known for her screenplays of the films Mississippi Masala for which she won the Osella Award at the Venice International Film Festival, the Oscar nominated Salaam Bombay! for which she won the Lillian Gish Award for Excellence in Film from Women in Film L.A.. Such A Long Journey for which she won a Genie nomination from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, The Namesake, and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. The first film she directed which she also wrote, Little Zizou, won an Indian national award. Most recently she wrote & directed the Netflix Original feature film Yeh Ballet which is screening worldwide. Sooni’s photographs have been exhibited around the world and are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art , New York. She is the author of two books of photography, Parsis:A Photographic Journey and Home in the City Bombay 1977-Mumbai 2017. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.
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