Source: Me Next Magazine-Rajasthan Patrika (16-March-2019)
Guneet Monga is an Indian film producer, a BAFTA nominee and the founder of Sikhya Entertainment a boutique film production house that produced notable films like Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1, Peddlers and The Lunchbox, Masaan, and Zubaan.Monga’s 2018 production Period. End of Sentence. won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. Monga was voted as one of the top 12 women achievers in the Global Entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter and among the top 50 Indians changing India by India Today.
In 2003, Monga interned with a production coordinator in 2003 in Delhi, and after receiving her mass communications she started career as production coordinator for international productions, most notably Vic Sarin’s Partition. She shifted to Mumbai in 2006, when she started working in cricket film, Say Salaam India (2007). This was followed by Rang Rasiya(2008) and Dasvidaniya (2008) and later in 2009, during the making of Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), produced by Balaji Telefilms, she met director-producer, Anurag Kashyap, and subsequently in late 2009 she joined Anurag Kashyap Films.
Monga’s first major international film was the 2010 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film-nominated short, Kavi (2009), about bonded labour in India, directed by Gregg Helvey, and which won the Student Academy Award – Narrative in 2009. Meanwhile, in 2008 she started her own production company, Sikhya Entertainment and also a line production company. With Anurag Kashyap, she went on to work on film like Gangs of Wasseypur, Part I & II (2012) and That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011), besides, Trishna (2011), Shaitan (2011), Michael (2011), and Aiyya. She also raised nearly ₹10 million (US$140,000) for Peddlers (2012) made of a budget of Rs 2 cr., by posting the film’s script on Facebook. Peddlers was selected at the International Critics’ Week, won rave reviews and opened new markets for Indian Cinema.
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