Aruna Raje

Aruna Raje (born 1946) is an Indian film director and editor known for her works in Hindi cinema.[1]

Aruna Raje
OccupationDirector, Editor
Spouse(s)Vikas Desai (divorced)
AwardsFive National Awards

Early lifeEdit

Aruna Raje was born in 1946 in Pune, India.[1]

Education and careerEdit

Aruna enrolled initially at Grant Medical College in Pune to study medicine but later quit to join the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). She passed out of FTII with a gold medal in 1969 becoming the first trained woman technician in the industry.[2]

At the beginning of her career Aruna Raje worked jointly with her ex-husband Vikas Desai in the name of Aruna-Vikas. She co-edited acclaimed films like Giddh and Masoom. The duo later took to direction making films like Shaque, Gehrayee and Sitam. After separating from her husband she began independent film-direction, making hard hitting feminist movies.[3]

She has also made national award-winning documentaries on the well-known classical dancer Mallika Sarabhai and special children, The New Paradigm.[4]

She has won 5 National Awards for her films.

Personal lifeEdit

Aruna was married to Vikas Desai. They had a son and a daughter. The daughter died. The couple later divorced.[3]






  1. ^ a b "Aruna Raje". IMDB. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Aruna Raje". Parallel Cinema. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Between You and Me". The Hindu. 22 March 2004. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ "'Tum' isn't my life story: Aruna Raje". Sify. Retrieved 10 July 2015.

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