Aarti Shrivastava


Aarti Shrivastava is an Asia 21 IPRYLI Fellow which is based in Mumbai and a national award-winning documentary filmmaker in India. She started producing documentaries because she wanted to change the vision of humans by telling human stories. Because of this, she is well-known globally. She was born in the year 1983 in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

She is currently working as a director and producer of mainly documentary films. She has completed her education from Wilson College which is situated in Mumbai, India. Her notable work is Foresting Life. After completing the degree of graduation, Aarti started her career in a channel named “CNBC” in which she worked as a news reporter.

She has also worked on Australian Documentary, as a researcher. The Australian Documentary was based on the Terror Attack of 26/11 happened in Mumbai. She has directed many Documentaries, and two of them also bagged the Award. The two documentaries were “White Knight,” and “Land of Widows.” They also got nominated in the year 2011 at 7th Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival Doha. In the year 2013, Foresting life was the title of the third documentary directed by Aarti Shrivastava. It also won a National Award because of its meaningful concept. It shows the view of Earth towards man, and the forest he created by himself. One should be responsible for sustaining and maintaining the forest without being dependent on any Government help. In this documentary, a man named “Jadav Payeng,” single-handedly planted trees, and transformed a 1400- acre land into a forest ecosystem by working for over 35 years. She has also been a Jury member in many Film Festivals like Cebu International Documentary Film Festival, International Film Festival of India which was held in Goa, Jaipur International Film Festival, IDPA Awards for excellence, and much more.

Currently, she is working as a director and producer of a documentary named “Water Crisis in India.” She has also studied at Stanford University. In this University, she has studied Social Entrepreneurship. She also manages “Humanity Watchdog Foundation.” She also works as a production manager of Bollywood films like My Name is Khan, Sur Kshetra which was a reality singing show between the contestants of India and Pakistan, and much more. She has worked as an Executive Producer in the film named “ Kick” starring Salman Khan which was released in the year 2014.

She was the director of the most popular documentary named “Foresting Life” which was released in the year 2013. She has also won many Awards like National Film Award in the category of Best Environment Film, officially selected in the year 2013 at Jaipur International Film Festival, officially selected in the year 2013 at 9th Al-Jazeera Documentary International Film Festival Doha, to name a few.  


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Rajnish Raj Thakur
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Director Rajesh Krishnan
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