She is an independent filmmaker. Extremely prolific, she has directed two feature films, written five feature films, directed many documentary films and series, spanning an array of genres. Many of her films have won national and international awards. She also writes for various websites and magazines and has been featured in various books and other publications.
She is an activist for women’s rights and rights of other minorities. She has consistently used her films and influence to support the causes of ending violence against women and children.
Madhureeta Anand has consistently used her influence and films to advocate causes related to gender, sexuality and child rights.
Her film Kajarya collaborated with 21 NGOs in India and abroad including Eve Ensler’s - One Billion Rising. The film has become a tool for activism and to provoke discussion. The film is being screened across India’s villages and small towns by the partner NGOs.
Madhureeta has launched her Digital Channel, ma films, along with Culture Machine to create a space for films that address an issue. Each of these films will be surrounded by a campaign to help to bring to light the issue being addressed by the films. The Channel launched on the 27th of July 2016.
She is also launching an app called “Phree” for the safety of women.
Madhureeta has a column “The Big M” on India Today’s website DailyO.
Madhureeta has twice been awarded the Karamveer award for her work that combines filmmaking with activism.
Madhureeeta Anand’s third feature film tentatively titled “O Mere Piya” is an unconventional love story and is slated to go on the floors in September 2019.
Her fourth feature film titled “Decorate The Earth” is an English language co-production between India and the United States is slated to go on the floors at the end of the year. Madhureeta Anand’s second feature film is titled “Kajarya”, had a successful theatrical release in India on the 4th of December 2015. premiered at The Dubai International Film Festival. The Film’s Swiss Premier took place in Geneva at The International Human Rights Film Festival where Kajarya is one of the 8 films in competition. The film was also selected to The Montreal World Film Festival and Eless Tournet Brussels where it is the opening film of t he festival. Kajarya was also chosen as one of the top five films to see in 2014 by Forbes India Magazine. Kajarya won the best foreign film award at The Silk Route Film Festival and China. The film has an all‐new star cast of trained actors and explores the issue of female feoticide and related women’s issues.
Madhureeta founded and is the festival director of the only Digital Film Festival in the country; the 0110 Digital Film Festival. The festival, started as collaboration with the British Council, Fame Cinemas and PVR Pictures, has well known filmmakers and actors on its jury.
She has written, directed and executive produced with PVR Pictures, her first full‐length commercial feature film ‘Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye’, starring Randeep Hooda, Arbaaz Khan and Raima Sen, which released on February 6, 2009. In 2007, she directed, produced and wrote ‘Laying Janaki to Rest’, a documentary film on Sita the Goddess; ‘The Magic Tent’, which she co‐wrote and produced.
In 2006, she was awarded the Silver Conch at the Mumbai International Film Festival, for her film ‘Walking on a Moonbeam’. Her documentary ‘Education – A reality or a myth’ was nominated at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2002. Her film titled ‘Sin’ was nominated in the Short Film section at The Damah Film Festival at Seattle (USA) in October 2002. Furthermore, she was the only woman camera director on a crew of directors on Channel 4(UK)’s award winning series ‘The Greatest Show on Earth – The Kumbh Mela’ (2001). She has also won the Royal Television Society Craft Award for it. In 2001, Madhureeta produced and directed a thirty‐minute documentary feature on the Kumbh Mela‐ ‘In Search of Salvation’ for the German Telecast Footprint (Austria/Switzerland/Germany). The Damah Film Festival at Seattle (USA) invited this film on October 11, 2001, where it fetched her award for Excellence in Film Making. It was also nominated at the Commonwealth Film Festival (Manchester, U.K. June 30, 2002).
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Harsh founded the education technology startup Firefish in 2008 after raising a small seed round. He returned 30x to his investors on exit in 2018.
Prior to Firefish, he worked at Citigroup's Investment Banking Division inNew York in the Media and Telecom franchise (#1 in the League Tables atthat time).
Harsh started his career at Infosys in Bangalore as a C and UNIX programmer.
Harsh graduated from Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business with an MBA. He was elected Tuck Scholar and graduated with High Distinction.
Harsh graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Madras with the highest GPA in his class. At IIT-Madras, Harsh worked with Prof. S. Krishnan, Head of Aerospace Engineering for three years on ISRO projects such as performing heat transfer calculations for the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
Harsh is a National Talent Search (NTS) scholar and has received two innovation grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for work in public health and financial inclusion.
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