Ashim Ahluwalia

Ashim Ahluwalia


For me, films that have any shock value, they fade away quite fast. They don't have staying power.    


Ashim Ahluwalia (1972, India) studied film at Bard College in New York. His first film, the feature documentary JOHN & JANE, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2005, followed by a European premiere at the Berlinale in 2006. In 2007, the film received the 53rd Indian National Film Award for Best Non-fiction Film, as well as The Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Award, amongst others. His first fiction feature, MISS LOVELY, had its world premiere in May 2012 in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. It was also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. MISS LOVELY has also won multiple awards including Best Film at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, the Best Feature Film Award at the 11th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and the Prix du Jury (Best Film) at the Festival du Film d’Asie du Sud Transgressif in Paris. Ashim’s latest project, THE BOYFRIEND, received support from the Hubert Bals Fund in 2014. It has also been selected for the NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab and the Jerusalem International Film Lab.

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