A University topper, a trained filmmaker, a gifted writer, a sensitive poet, a communicator, and an award-winning singer, Gitanjali Sinha is many things rolled into one. A true multi-talented personality.
Trained at the New York Film Academy, St. Martin’s College of Arts, London and at Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods Film Institute, Gitanjali is passionate about making meaningful cinema.
Weaned on a diet of classic films like Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Destiny, The Bicycle Thief, Rashomon, Casablanca, Schindler’s List and many others, she decided very early on in her life to write, produce and direct movies that have a strong human element and pathos.
“Cinema became my friend, philosopher and guide ever since I started understanding human relationships. I began identifying myself with characters and laughed and cried through them. Whenever harsh realities struck me I turned towards cinema, either to move always from the situation (by watching light films) or to feel the pain of others (by watching sad films) in order to realize that I was not the only one to suffer,” she says.
Right from her childhood, Gitanjali was interested in creative field, especially performing arts. At a tender age of 14, she was admitted to a Basic Course in Television Production at Notre Dame Communication Centre, Patna after the instructors saw her potential. She followed that with a course in Radio Broadcasting from Ravi Bharati, Patna. And while doing her graduation program in Communicative English with Media Studies at Patna University, which she eventually topped the University, Gitanjali did a Diploma in Photography as well.
A short but eventful career in television and radio followed. She anchored 15 episodes of Indra Dhanush, a children programme on Patna Doordarshan. Then Enadu Television (ETV) Bihar approached to anchor 50 episodes of Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi, a game show based programme that ran for almost two years. Gitanjali was also a member of the script committee at the State Institute of Educational Technology (SIET), Bihar. She conducted several live shows and worked with the unit of a bhojpuri film, Mai Ka Dular. Then she made Choti Si Asha, a documentary film on hearing impaired children that was much appreciated. She was even selected as a Jury Member for the All India Video Festival held in Patna.
As a young filmmaker with clear ideas and fierce determination to succeed, Gitanjali has found able support in her husband, Hemendra who is a globally known personality in research world. “But, miles to go before I sleep…” she says.