The DadasahebPhalke awardee Preeti Aneja is a film director best known for her utterly spell-binding short-film Kala Paani. This film discusses some social issues of utmost importance in today’s times. The artwork got her several awards and accolades from all over the country and abroad. Preeti was born on the 26th of July. Her hometown is Hissar, a city in the state of Haryana in northwestern India. She studied till class 12 in Campus School in Hissar.

After passing out, she pursued higher education in Psychology and even completed post-graduation with it. After post-graduation, she did a Legum Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Laws or LLB) as well. Finally, after having received so much of higher education in diverse subjects, Preeti decided to follow her penchant for film-making and go ahead with it.

With that thought in mind, she took admission in Whistling Woods International Institute, a premier film, television, media arts, and communication institute in Mumbai, founded by the much-celebrated filmmaker Subhash Ghai, to study and a get a diploma in film direction. She married Amrit Aneja and had a son named Astitva.

The roadmap to success has lots of ups and downs. Preeti joined the industry as an assistant director. After working tirelessly, slogging her guts out working day and night, in about ten films, she finally carved her niche in the film industry, and people started recognizing her. In 2011, she released her first short-film Kala Paani. It was also her diploma film.

The story talks about the rural life and practices in the remote villages of Haryana. Preeti not only directed the film but also designed the costumes herself. She currently runs her own production house called ‘AAP Productions.’ Her film Kala Paanibagged a lot of awards and nominations. Preeti got the DadasahebPhalke Golden Camera Award at the 3rd Jaipur International Film Festival. She was the recipient for the jury award for the Best Young Film-maker at 3rd Nashik International Film.

The jury consisted of V.G. Samant, Kuldeep Sinha (Director General, Film Division), Shireen Katheeja (Advisor, Central Board of Film Division), Sudarshan Rao (member of Oscar Selection Panel), French actresses Marianne Borgo and Kaya Bertie, and Mr. MukeshKaneri (Director, NIFF). She received the award from the mayor of Nashik, Nayanatati Gholap. She won the Haryana State Cultural Award in 2011. The film was also screened at the 2011 New York Indian Film Festival.


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