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Ashim Ahluwalia (born 1972 in Mumbai, India) is a film director and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut with the feature-length documentary John & Jane (2005), which had a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and a European premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, and won him the 2005 National Film Award for Best First Non-Feature Film of a Director.[1] This was followed by his first narrative feature film Miss Lovely, premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3] which won him India's National Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature film), and Best Production Design at the 61st National Film Awards.[4]

Ashim Ahluwalia
Ashim Ahluwalia at the screening of 'Daddy'.jpg
Ahluwalia at the screening of Daddy
Mumbai, India
OccupationFilm director, producer & screenwriter
Years active1999–present
AwardsIndian National Film Award
2007 – Best Non-Fiction Film, John & Jane

Working outside the mainstream Bollywood film system,[5] Ashim Ahluwalia is part of a new generation of Indian directors which prefers to eschew working with Hindi film stars.[6] His unconventional films blur the lines between documentary and fiction. His short films have shown at the Tate Modern,[7] the Centre Pompidou and at the Venice Architecture Biennale.[8]


Early lifeEdit

Ashim Ahluwalia grew up in Bombay, India. He attended the city's Cathedral and John Connon School before attending Bard College in upstate New York, from which he graduated with a BA in filmmaking in 1995.


Ahluwalia began his film career with a series of experimental films made between 1993–2002. His first short, The Dust (1993), was made by reworking home movies shot by his grandfather in the 1950s.[9]

He formed an independent production company, Future East, in 2005, providing an infrastructure for him to work outside mainstream film channels.

Ahluwalia was selected by the San Francisco Film Society as their Artist in Residence for 2013.[10]

In May 2013, he received the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College, his alma mater.[11] The award is "given in recognition of a significant contribution to artistic or literary heritage."[12]

In November 2013, he was selected to be on the Jury of the 8th edition of the Rome Film Festival for the CinemaXXI section.[13]

In 2010, Ahluwalia was named among "one of the ten best emerging film directors working today" by Phaidon Press in "Take 100: The Future of Film."[14]




  1. ^ "53rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals.
  2. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Indian movie Miss Lovely at Cannes film fest". Times of India. Retrieved 21 April 2012.[dead link]
  4. ^ "61st National Film Awards Announced: Live Update". Zee News. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  5. ^ The Filter
  6. ^ DNA – 'I don't need SRK to make a Hindi movie
  7. ^ Tate Modern Film
  8. ^ DNA – Salon – 'Mumbai uses space cunningly' – Daily News & Analysis
  9. ^ 12 October 2005 "Scratch Projection 'Experimenta India'". Les Voutes.
  10. ^ San Francisco Film Society Artists-in-Residence Spring-2013-Ashim-Ahluwalia Archived 14 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Bard College Alma Mater
  12. ^ "Bard College". Bard College. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  13. ^ Rome-Film-Festival CinemaXXI 2013 Archived 21 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Phaidon 10 best new filmmakers


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