Smriti Kiran

Journalist, creative director, producer and author, Smriti Kiran has been part of the entertainment industry for two decades. At present, she is the Creative Head of a television production house, Cherry Tree Productions that produces Film Companion. She’s also the Creative Director of the Mumbai Film Festival.

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The Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker gave a masterclass at the film event Qumra last month where he shed light on the intricacies of his craft


The Court filmmaker, handpicked by Alfonso Cuarón for a mentorship program, discusses learning from the auteur on set in Mexico, his sophomore project and the challenges facing Indian independent cinema


The French filmmaker speaks about the importance of mentorship, being influenced by Federico Fellini and why he prefers working with non-professional actors


On the sidelines of his masterclass at Qumra, the prolific Portugese producer speaks about collaborating with some of the most exciting filmmaking minds and the success of his movies at film festivals


This 6-day event by the Doha Film Institute brings together masters of filmmaking like Asghar Farhadi and Bruno Dumont, as well as industry experts from across the world to mentor emerging filmmakers


At the Dubai International Film Festival, we caught up with actress Olga Kurylenko to discuss her film The Water Diviner, directed by Russell Crowe. Kurylenko, who plays a mother in the movie, says she channelled her own upbringing while preparing for the role.


At the 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, Paul Bettany talks about his directorial debut Shelter, how a homeless couple in his neighbourhood inspired the film and shifting gears from being in front of the camera to behind it.


Asha Bhosle, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival, laments the dearth of lyrical talents today to match greats like Gulzar and Javed Akhtar, while hoping the music industry rises to the challenge.