Gauri Shinde

Gauri Shinde (born. July 6, 1974) is an Indian ad-film and feature film director. Shinde has made her directional debut with the highly acclaimed English Vinglish (2012), which marked the comeback of actress Sridevi. Shinde featured in the Financial Times 2012 list of '25 Indians To Watch'.[1] She also featured on Rediff's list of 'Bollywood's 5 Best Directors of 2012.'.[2]

Gauri Shinde
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Gauri Shinde
Born (1974-07-06) 6 July 1974 (age 46)
OccupationFilm director
Known forEnglish Vinglish (2012), Dear Zindagi (2016)
Spouse(s)R. Balki (2007-present)

Early life and educationEdit

Gauri Shinde was born and brought up in Pune,[3] where she studied at St Joseph's High School and later graduated from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication in Pune.[4] Her aspiration towards film-making started right from the days at the end of her college life.[5]


She moved to Mumbai for her internship with documentary director Siddharth Kak and later started working with advertising agencies like IBW, Bates Clarion and Lowe Lintas, where R. Balki was the creative director. [3] In following years she made over 100 advertising films and short films;[1] her short film Oh Man! (2001) was selected for the Berlin Film Festival.[6]

She made her feature film debut as a director with English Vinglish (2012), a film inspired by Shinde's own relationship with her mother, who ran her own pickle business out of her home in Pune, and was a Marathi-speaking woman, who didn't speak English well, which embarrassed Shinde as a child. As she said in an interview, "I made this film to say sorry to my mother."[3] The film was released on 14 September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival[7] followed by its commercial release in India and worldwide on 5 October 2012, and went on to receive both critical and commercial success.[8][9] Besides the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director, she was awarded the 'Laadli National Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity'.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Shinde married R. Balki in 2007.[3][11][12]


Year Film Role(s) Cast Music
2012 English Vinglish Director, Story, Screenplay Sridevi, Priya Anand, Mehdi Nebbou Amit Trivedi
2016 Dear Zindagi Director, Story, Screenplay Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan Amit Trivedi


Award Category Result
14th IIFA Awards Best Debut Director Won
58th Filmfare Awards Best Debut Director
Zee Cine Awards 2013 Best Debut Director
19th Annual Colors Screen Awards Most Promising Debut Director
Max Stardust Awards Best Debut Director
Laadli National Media Awards Best Mainline Film
Star Guild Awards Best Debut Director
Toifa Awards 2013 Best Debut Director


  1. ^ a b "25 Indians to Watch". Financial Times. 16 November 2012.
  2. ^ Rediff. "Bollywood's 5 Best Directors of 2012".
  3. ^ a b c d "I am a better director than Balki: Gauri Shinde". The Times of India. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Personal agenda: Gauri Shinde, film director". Hindustan Times. 8 February 2013. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  5. ^ Jamkhandikar, Shilpa (12 September 2012). "A minute with Gauri Shinde on English Vinglish | Reuters". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Symbiosis to honour director Gauri Shinde". The Times of India. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  7. ^ Subhash K Jha (9 September 2012). "Sridevi completely spoiled me, says Gauri Shinde". Times of India. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  8. ^ Times of India. "English Vinglish". The Times Of India.
  9. ^ Hindustan Times. "English Vinglish". Archived from the original on 7 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Gauri Shinde to receive 'Laadli' award for 'English Vinglish'". Cnn-IBN. 21 January 2013.
  11. ^ "What keeps Sridevi glowing at 49?". The Times of India. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  12. ^ S Thakkar, Mehul (11 September 2012). "The Big B is brilliant: Gauri Shinde". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 September 2012.

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