Selected work Directed by Indrani


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Legend of Lady White Snake

A reversal of both an ancient Asian legend, and a poem by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline, American Gods):  A snake demoness, having transformed into a New Yorker to experience love, struggles with obsession, time, heteronormative gender-based power dynamics, and transgender metamorphosis. Reverting to her all-consuming nature, she finds unity and redemption through consumption.  

Directed & Written by Indrani. Executive Produced by & Starring Daphne Guinness. Produced by & Costumes by GK Reid.

Huffington Post  Cator Sparks:    "A magical little film, Guinness shines in this epic tale of love, life and loss." 

Tatler Hong Kong  Arne Eggers  "A highly conceptualized interpretation... Daphne ignites a Gothic Chinese legend." 

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival:

      Best Picture Award
      Best Production Design Award
      Best Costume Design Award 
      Best Visual Effects Award 

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla Fashion Film Festival 

      Best Picture Award 
      Best Director Award
      Best Costume Design Award 
      Best Visual Effects Award
      RED Epic Camera Award

ASVOFF at Centre Pompidou, Paris:  

      Official Selection

London Fashion Film Festival:

      Best Picture Award 
      Best Director Award 
      Best Design Award

Princeton Film Festival: 

      Best of Festival Award

Kolkata International Film Festival: 

      Official Selection

Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Pride & Progress Film Festival and Symposium:   

     Featured Screening

Girl Epidemic

Directed by and Cinematography by Indrani. Produced by and Cinematography by GK Reid with Project Nanhi Kali and Strawberry Frog. Written by Justin Via.

CNN Freedom Project: Girl Epidemic Highlights Human Trafficking

CNN Freedom Project  

Interview with Quincy Jones, Tony Schiena, journalist and editor Leif Coorlim.

Millions of girls are missing in Asia due to child labor, female infanticide, and sex trafficking.

Synopsis: Girls are being treated like they're an infectious disease. As a result, over a million disappear every year -- many falling victim to female infanticide, neglect and sex slavery. Fortunately there is a cure: Educcation.

Created in partnership with Anand Mahindra's Nanhi Kali Foundation and Strawberry Frog agency.  

Huffington Post: "Indrani's creative lens, coupled with an impassioned perspective on gender realities in India...[are] powerful and provocative."

Forbes: "Riveting, shocking and touching... Indrani's direction is brilliant and provocative!"

CNN Expose Award: Best Picture Award

Tribeca Film Festival: Disruptive Innovation Award

National Screen Institute (Canada): Official Selection

National Organization of Women (NOW): Official Selection

Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center Pride & Progress Film Festival: Featured Screening

Princeton University, Creative Arts & Humanities Symposium: Featured Screening

Lambeth Palace, UK, Global Sustainability Network: Featured Screening

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival: Official Selection

PhotoSchweiz, Zurich Switzerland: Featured Screening

University of Pennsylvania, Slought Foundation: Featured Screening

Parsons School of Design, New School for Social Research NY: Featured Screening

American Society of Media Photographers "IdeaShare"Featured Screening

The Great Artist (Trailer)

The Great Artist Film - 15 Minute Version   (password Indrani)

The Great Artist  looks at the struggles of mental health through the lens of the art world. 

Reflecting on the sacrifices made to create great art, while suffering and hiding mental illness, this film is created to destigmatize and drive conversations about mental health, inclusive of underserved LGBTQ+ and racially diverse communities, to help save lives.

Hollywood Reporter  selected The Great Artist as one of the "Top 5" contenders for The Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film 2021." 

Starring actor/writer Matthew Postlethwaite (Peaky Blinders), Emmy-nominated actress Rain Valdez, an original score by American Idol's Pia Toscano, and writer /producer Sunny Vaccher. Directed by Indrani.

With partner nonprofits:  GLAAD, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Association of Mental Illnesses (NAMI), National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Movember, Kindred, Tethr, Tramuto Foundation, and Stand with Impact.

Awards: 36 wins, 13 nominations. Including:

New York International Film Awards: 

Best Original Score Winner

Top Shorts Film Festival:  

Best Narrative Film Winner, Best Actor Nomination, Best LGBTQ Winner, Best Original Song Winner

Los Angeles Film Awards:  

Best Narrative Winner, Best Drama Winner, Best Actor Nomination, Best LGBTQ Film Nomination, Best Original Score Winner 

Festigious International Film Festival:

Best Picture Winner, Best Actor Winner

Global Film Festival Awards: 

Best Original Score Winner

Manchester International Film Festival:  

Best International Short Nomination

Global Music Awards (GMA)

Outstanding Musical Achievement Female Vocalist Award

Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA)

Outstanding Song Written for Visual Media (Film)

Manhatta Trailer 

A playful fantasy counter-colonizing the gaze and exploring intersectional objectification. A man walks home alone, and finds his dreams coming to life. Overwhelmed, he seeks divine intervention. With Harlem Renaissance poet Claude Mckay's "On Broadway."

International Fashion Film Festival Awards - 9 Nominations:

Best Picture 
Best Director
Best Creative Concept 
Best Art Direction  

Best Editing 
Best Music
Best Sound Design
Best Cinematography 

 Best Ensemble Cast 

International Fashion Film Festival Awards - 2 wins:

Best Cinematography Award

Best Ensemble Cast Award

ASVOFF Film Festival

Screening in Paris with Diane Pernet and Jury under Bruce Labruce

Till Human Voices Wake Us

Directed and Written by Indrani. Starring Lindsay Lohan. Produced by Rick Schwartz (Black Swan, Gangs of New York) Music by Grammy-winning Henri Scars Struck

Reversing T.S. Eliot's Love Song of Alfred Prufrock, Selkies - Celtic mythical creatures that are seals in water and women on land - storm Manhattan to save one of their own, and the oceans. Before mayhem and police brutality awakens the leviathan. 

Los Angeles Independent Film Awards:

     Best Director Award  
     Best Picture Nomination

New York Short Film Festival:    

     Best of New York Award

International Fashion Film Awards:    

    Best Picture Award

Centre Pompidou Paris, ASVOFF (curated by Jean Paul Gaultier): 

     Official Selection

London Fashion Film Festival:    

    Best Director Award

One Reeler Awards:    

    Best Supporting Actress Award 

Los Angeles Short Film Festival: 

     Official Selection

Cineframe International Short Film Festival India: 

     Official Selection

Berlin Fashion Film Festival: 

     Official Selection

Princeton University Arts and Humanities Symposium: 


David Bowie: Valentine's Day

Directed by Indrani, Produced by GK Reid, Executive Produced by Markus Klinko

In the HBO/BBC Movie: The Last 5 Years

David Bowie explores the mind of a high school shooter, for the last  single released during his lifetime. The video has inspired considerable debate: Do the shadows of his guitar look like an AK47? Does his pose mirror former NRA president Charlton Heston's "cold dead hands" salute? 

Rolling Stone  Eric Danton:  "Radiates intensity."

NPR  Robin Hilton:  "Thrilling and intense."

The Uncut  Francis Whatley interviewed about the HBO / BBC film tells Michael Bonner: 

"Indrani's video. It is compelling.  I think

she captured something about him – and the story around how she did it is quite interesting...She had to draw out of him that he was singing about a killer." 

Digital Death

Directed and cinematography by Indrani

Video and stills campaign for families with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Raised over a million dollars in under a week, for Keep a Child Alive.

Cannes Festival of Creativity

Won 2 Gold Lions


Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Usher, Jayden and Willow Smith, Elijah Woods, Serena Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Katie Holmes, China Chow, Ryan Seacrest, Swizz Beatz, and many others.

Alecia Keys: New Day

Directed by Indrani

Produced by Good Day

"New Day" is a song by American recording artist Alicia Keys from her fifth studio album Girl on Fire. Produced by Swizz Beatz and Dr. Dre, the song showcases a musical departure from the previous singles by the singer, with a more upbeat sound led by drums and percussion, as opposed to her classical R&B sound. 

 On the song, Keys sings about "touching the sky and not letting chances go to waste". It received praise from music critics. Jason Lipshutz from Billboard  gave a positive review of the song, stating "The track is her most upbeat lead single yet."[9] Becky Bain from Idolator agreed with Lipshutz, stating that it's "one of the most upbeat songs she’s ever released".[14] Keys expressed that for her, "a new day is the possibility to choose how to create the life of your dreams and letting no one to stop you."[11]

Mero Gaon: My Village 

With Gyetrul Jingme Rinpoche and Ripa Ladrang Foundation. 

Directed by Indrani 

The Rubin Museum of Art, New York presents:

"Join Gyetrul Jingme Rinpoche and award-winning director and photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri...[for] Mero Gaon, which tells the story of the rebuilding of a village in Nepal after the devastating 2015 earthquake." 


Beats of the Beautiful Game

Music by Jetta produced by Pharrell Williams

Nonprofits: Yuwa, Shambali Trust, Shakti Empowerment Education 

Directed, Cinematography, and Written by Indrani Produced by GK Reid

Jezebel  Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

"Rad...feminist film director and fashion photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri captured a group of girls (and an elephant!) playing soccer in the streets of Jodhpur. It's jubilant...[with] an underlying feminist message... Inspiring."

The Huffington Post  Katherine Brooks, 

"A celebration of both athletics and education, in which the Yuwa women demonstrate the power of collective sports as a platform for social development... One of 11 films of the "Beats of the Beautiful Game" series by top directors including Spike Lee..."

Complex Magazine  Kyle Hodge:

 "A fun, colorful journey intertwining realism and fantasy through the streets of Rajasthan." 

Girl Rising India (Woh Padhegi Woh Udegi) - Director

"One girl with courage is a revolution." Indrani directed Freida Pinto, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Sushmita Sen, Parineeti Chopra and Nandita Das for Girl Rising India -- Woh Padhegi Woh Udegi,  screened on StarPlus, trended #1 on Twitter and became central to Prime Minister Modi's "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" ("Save Girl Child, Educate Girl Child") campaign.

Shinjini Das, Huffington Post
"Director and photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, renowned for her iconic imagery and visionary storytelling...has showcased the inspirational stories...Indrani is internationally recognized for her extensive work on social causes and her video and stills campaigns."

Priyanka Dasgupta, Times of India 

Indrani directs Priyanka Chopra on the set of Girl Rising India.

Indrani with Freida Pinto

Freida Pinto photo by Indrani

Kareena Kapoor photo by Indrani

Filming in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Filming in Rajasthan, India

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