An Interview with Indian Director and Producer Roona Mukhopadhyay
We recently caught up with one of India’s most talented filmmakers -Roona Mukhopadhyay and she shared some of her earliest memories growing up being in entertainment, to what she is working on now. Here is what she had to share with us:
Please introduce yourself to the readers and how and when you first got into performing?
My name is Roona Mukhopadhyay and a I’m director/producer from India. I’ve been working in films for quite some time now. Since childhood I have been was fond of the entertainment industry and always wanted to be a part of it. During college I started going on talk shows, news anchoring and even acting in few college theater productions. I was named as Miss Gorakhpur (Gorakhpur is a small town in a largest state of India, where I was born and raised). Soon after that I got a regional feature film project as the lead actress and that’s where my journey in entertainment started.
Being in Hollywood has given my career a new meaning. I had the chance to study filmmaking from one of the most renowned institutions in the US, The New York Film Academy. During that time I directed and produced few short films. Up until now I have worked in various big Bollywood movies in various positions in London and India. I am also currently working on my own film script.
What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?
The entertainment world has always been my inspiration. As I mentioned, back during graduation, I had to perform several times on local channels and a regional feature film. For me, it came down to just wanting to make something that I could have complete ownership of. Its about the power of creation.
To bring out our imagination, the characters, the thoughts and the emotions to life. “This is my vision, this is my voice, this is what I want to say.” I think entertainment is one of those beautiful things that expresses the arts through people which makes them something special. I have such huge gratitude to this universe for the existence of the performing arts. I have never felt special.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I have a masters in filmmaking from the New York Film Academy Universal Studios Los Angeles. I have also had the chance to work on a sound stage at Universal Studios and I’ve taken professional acting courses in India during early stages of my career.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I just love being on a film set. But if you ask me a favorite job I would pursue in the future that would be a film director and producer. I always enjoyed the experience of going to the cinema and loved the moment of expectation before the curtain rose. I have always been enamored not only by the stories but also, the language of cinema and performances and how visuals and sounds can project emotions. I would see movies over and over, deconstructing the scenes. I was obsessed with trying to figure out the mystery behind it.
What projects do you have coming up?
I am writing a feature script, which I will be directing and producing. The story is based on true events and to some extent, inspired by my life. There is a Bollywood project I am working on that is in its early stages in pre-production, that’s all I can say right now about the project. There are also a few other Hollywood projects that I am considering starting soon.
Who would you most like to work with?
I would really appreciate the chance to work with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron or Neal.H. Moritz. Actually there are many more I would love to work with. I would be happy to work with the top director/producer in Hollywood or even a newcomer because you learn something from everybody.
What are your plans for the future?
There are many plans that I dream of! But, I plan working on my feature film which I am writing right now. I also look forward to doing challenging projects in Hollywood and visiting India with continued success in Hollywood representing my home town and making them proud. For the last part of my life, it would be great to have helped contribute something good to this universe during my time, especially in India and America. I know my answer might seem vague now, but I am looking forward to focusing each goal to fulfill later on!
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
The only way to go up the ladder is by using your talent. However as they say that talent is not enough, you need to make immense efforts to climb up the ladder no matter how talented you are. So, get up now without any excuses, grab your camera and follow these amazing director/producer in Hollywood and learn all you can!