IFFM Guests

The Perianayaki team

The talented crew of Perianayaki consisting of Bala Murali Shingade (director), Shreya Gejji (producer), Shuchi Kothari (executive producer) will be joining us for the 2022 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne!

Bala Murali Shingade - Director

Since graduating from the University of Auckland in 2018 with an MA in Screen Production, Bala Murali Shingade has been working as a writer, director and actor for screen and theatre.

For his MA thesis film, Bala was awarded the Geoff Evans Prize for Screen Excellence and in 2019, he wrote, directed and edited 800 Lunches, a short film commissioned and funded by the Outlook for Someday. Perianayaki is Bala's second short film, funded through Script To Screen and NZFC's competitive Fresh Shorts program.

In 2020, Bala was one of six recipients of the Arts Foundation's Springboard award, which recognises emerging artists with outstanding potential.

Shreya Gejji - Writer, Producer

Shreya Gejji is a Kiwi-Indian screenwriter and producer. She has worked in various production roles for television and web content. Dubai Dreams, her first feature screenplay was a finalist at the Screen Writers Awards New Zealand in 2015.

She is currently in pre-production for Night Visions, a short film she wrote and is producing, that received the inaugural Short Cuts production funding grant from PASC. She is one of the writers on Ka?inga, the third film in the Waru and Vai trilogy produced by BSAG Productions that premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2022. She is also the co-producer of a funded feature documentary about the New Zealand Kabaddi team that is currently at research stage.

Shreya is in the second year of her PhD with Creative Practice at the University of Auckland.

Shuchi Kothari - Executive Producer

Shuchi Kothari is a Kiwi-Indian filmmaker. She has written and produced several award-winning films (Firaaq, Apron Strings, Shit One Carries, Coffee & Allah, Fleeting Beauty) that have screened at over 100 international film festivals including Venice, Cannes, Toronto, BFI, and Telluride. She has mentored several acclaimed filmmakers / projects and served on juries of Film and Television awards, and national funding bodies. In 2018, Shuchi co-founded the not-for-profit Pan-Asian Screen Collective to advocate for equitable representation of Asian screen practitioners on and behind the screens in Aotearoa New Zealand.

To subvert the axiom "those who can't do teach", she heads the screen production programme at the University of Auckland where as associate professor she teaches screenplay writing. In 2022, Shuchi received the Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Screen Industry award by Women In Film and Television (WIFT) New Zealand.

Most recently she co-produced a portmanteau feature film K?inga (MIFF, 2022) that brings together immigrant stories by 11 Pan-Asian women writer/directors. Shuchi's work often explores themes of inclusion and exclusion; belonging and unbelonging; power and privilege, with a lightness of touch. Because she is still an optimist.