Sooni Taraporevala (conceived 1957) is an Indian screenwriter, picture taker and movie producer who is the screenwriter of Mississippi Masala, The Namesake and Oscar-selected Salaam Bombay! (1988), all coordinated by Mira Nair. She additionally adjusted Rohinton Mistry’s original Such A Long Journey (2000) composed the movies Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar her first time at the helm Little Zizou as well as her most recent movie Yeh Ballet (2020) A Netflix Original that she composed and coordinated.
She guided her most memorable element film, in light of her very own screenplay, a troupe piece set in Mumbai, in Spring, 2007, entitled Little Zizou. This film investigates issues confronting the Parsi people group to which she has a place.
In 2010 Little Zizou won a National honor for Best Film on Family Values
She was granted the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014. She is an individual from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her photos are in the super durable assortments of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Delhi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Early life and education
Taraporevala was brought into the world to a Parsi family in Mumbai in 1957. She finished her tutoring from Queen Mary School, Mumbai. She got a full grant to go to Harvard University as an undergrad. However she studied English and American Literature, she took many film courses including filmmaking instructed by Alfred Guzzetti. She met Mira Nair as an undergrad, prompting their long-lasting inventive joint effort. Next she joined the Cinema Studies Department at New York University, and subsequent to accepting her MA in Film Theory and Criticism, in 1981, she got back to India to function as an independent still photographic artist. She got back to Los Angeles in 1988 and functioned as a screenwriter, composing authorized screenplays for a wide assortment of studios including Universal, HBO and Disney. She moved back to India for good in 1992 .
Taraporevala composed the screenplays for Salaam Bombay! what’s more, Mississippi Masala, both coordinated by Mira Nair. Different ventures with Nair incorporate the screenplay for My Own Country, in light of the book by Abraham Verghese, as well as The Namesake (2006), an artistic transformation of Pulitzer-winning essayist Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, The Namesake.
Her other created credits incorporate the movie Such a Long Journey in view of the original Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry and coordinated by Sturla Gunnarson, and the screenplay for the film Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, coordinated by Jabbar Patel for the Government of India and the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC).
In 2016 she coordinated a 14-minute narrative computer generated simulation film Yeh Ballet[ for Anand Gandhi’s Memesys Culture Lab.
In 2020 she composed and coordinated an element film in view of her narrative. The Netflix Original film Yeh Ballet delivered by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Roy Kapur Films should be visible on Netflix around the world.
In 1982, throughout a break from school, she met photographic artist Raghubir Singh, who, subsequent to seeing her work, which included photos of her lengthy Parsi family, recommended she work on a book about the Parsi people group. This began her broad work of photograph documentation of the Parsi people group.
In 2000, she independently published Parsis, the Zoroastrians of India: a visual excursion, 1980-2000 about the generally stopped local area since their abuse in Persia, the solitary visual documentation of the Parsi people group. A refreshed version was distributed in 2004.
Her photos have been shown in India, the US, France and Britain, including London’s Tate Modern exhibition.
She has had solo shows at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai and the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Delhi. Her work is in the extremely durable assortments of the NGMA Delhi and the MET New York.
In 2017/2018, the Whitworth in Manchester displayed her visual show Home in the City, Bombay 1977 – Mumbai 2017. It was chosen by The Guardian as one of UK’s main 5 shows.
A bigger form of Home in the City with 102 photos was shown at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, from 14 through 31 October 2017. A going with book, Home in the city: Bombay 1977 – Mumbai 2017, was delivered with articles by Pico Iyer and Salman Rushdie. It then, at that point, ventured out to the Sunaparanta, Goa Center for the Arts in Altinho, Goa, opening there on 11 November 2017.
- 1988: Lillian Gish award for Excellence in Film from Women in Film, for the screenplay of Salaam Bombay!
- 1991: Golden Osella (Best Original Screenplay) Venice Film Festival: Mississippi Masala
- 2008: Time/Warner Best Screenplay Award at Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council, New York, for Little Zizou
- 2008: Best Director at Mahindra Indo- American Arts Council, New York, for Little Zizou
- 2008: Best Producer at Asian Festival of 1ST Films, Singapore, for Little Zizou
- 2009 : Best Director of Experience Section of Levante International Film Festival, Italy, for Little Zizou
- 2009 : Audience Choice Award at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, (IFFLA) for Little Zizou
- 2014: Padma Shri by Government of India )
- 2020: Filmfare nomination for Best Film Web Original, for Yeh Ballet
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2017–present)
- Writers Guild of America (1989–present)