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Jamshedpur’s Shivani Modi winning accolades in filmmaking

Jamshedpur, June 7: Beyond engineering and medicine, there are many other wonderful career options that would allow students to experience success. Jamshedpur-born film director Shivani Modi is one such rare example, who is inspiring young girls to chase dreams.

A passion for cinema and the desire to carve a niche for herself, inspired Shivani Modi to become a film director and make waves worldwide. A student of Sacred Heart Convent School, she also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Christ University in Business Administration but her first love remains filmmaking. 

Armed with a Master’s degree from UNSW, Sydney with specialisation in Social Impact, Global sustainability and Marketing, Shivani has left her mark behind the camera.

She did her first short film 1:20 A.M – where she was working from 8 AM-5PM and shooting the film from 6PM to 5AM. After this, she worked with a video production company called Urban Talkies where she learnt the basics of media production.

“I may be stressed but I love working behind the camera, I like every difficult challenge. I love seeing a story through from beginning to end. I like the nurturing aspect of it—building the family of crew and supporting everyone. I’m much happier not being that person out in the front,” said Shivani, while speaking from Mumbai.

Her first film as a director and screenwriter was ‘Tasavvur’, which was shot in Jamshedpur. The entire cast and crew of this film was from Jamshedpur. This short film was an official selection for the 11th Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival, 10th Shorts Mumbai International Film Festival, and more. It was also the semi-finalist for Jaipur Film World 2021. Tasavvur has won two awards from the CWIFF and Buddha International Film Festival.

Her second short film Faasley, was a lockdown production which was shot by actors in their homes all over Sydney, Delhi, Jamshedpur and Bhubaneswar and edited and compiled in Sydney. It has received the Best Indian Short Film award by Uruvatti International Film Festival.

“ My production’s third short film ‘Anu’ was shot in December and released in January and has received a great response from the audience. I was recently working with a renowned Ad filmmaker who is also an FTII Alumni, Ravi Deshpande, on a short film series called ‘NOT OK’ in Sydney. Currently I’m working on a short film called ‘Arranged’ which will also be shot in the actor’s own homes by themselves,” informed Shivani.

“ I’ve tried to create a life where I can set an example for myself especially when I was told that I couldn’t do it. My parents did their best to give me a life that they didn’t get and I didn’t want to waste this privilege by not making use of these opportunities. It is a difficult journey, but I’ve only been able to make any of these short films because I wanted to learn and get better every day. I hope to create more and more short films in the next few years, and maybe a feature film when I have the skillset to do so,” said Shivani with a smile.

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