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Ashim Ahluwalia


Ashim Ahluwalia was born in Mumbai, India. He studied film at Bard College in New York. His first film, the feature length documentary John & Jane (2005), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by screenings at the Berlinale, Edinburgh Film Festival, among others.


In 2007 the film received the most prestigious film award in India – the 53rd National Film Awards Best Non Fiction Film. John & Jane was the first Indian project to be acquired by HBO Films for US release.

His first fiction feature, Miss Lovely, had its world premiere in 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. In 2014, it had a nationwide release in India, followed by a release in the US. It is also scheduled for release in France, alongside other territories.

Miss Lovely has also won multiple awards including Best Film at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, Best Feature Film Awards at the 11th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and the Prix du Jury at the Festival du Film d’Asie du Sud Transgressif in Paris.

The Boyfriend, Ashim’s second feature, film has received the 2014 Hubert Bals Fund for script and project development.


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