Indian-American filmmaker Smriti Mundhra is gearing up to attend the coveted 92nd Academy Awards that will be held on February 10. Smriti’s film St. Louis Superman, directed and produced with filmmaker Sami Khan, has been nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category at the Oscars this year.
Running for 33 minutes, St. Louis Superman revolves around African-American rapper and activist Bruce Franks, who decides to run for office and gets elected as a Democrat to the Missouri House of Representatives. The film features the various challenges that has come his way before and after becoming part of the administration.
Daughter of veteran Hollywood and Bollywood filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra, Smriti said that she was interested in film-making since she was around six years old, as she used to attend film festivals and discuss various aspects of the art with her father. Some of her earliest works include producing Bomb the System (2004) and Punching at the Sun (2006)
At the Oscars, St.Louis Superman competing with Learning to Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl), In The Absence, Life Overtakes Me, and Walk Run Cha-Cha.
On Twitter, Smriti has called for designers who can dress her up for the occasion. “Need looks for the actual awards as well as various nominee events and parties during the week. Would love to work with an Indian or Pakistani designer but open to all,” tweeted the Los Angeles-based filmmaker.
Help! Any designers out there want to dress me for the Academy Awards? Need looks for the actual awards as well as various nominee events/parties during the week. Would love to work with an Indian/Pakistani designer but open to all. #oscars #womeninfilm #femalefilmmakerfriday
— Smriti Mundhra (@SmritiMundhra) January 16, 2020
Actor, producer, and climate change advocate Mark Ruffalo was among the first one to appreciate on twitter. Julián Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the current mayor of San Antonio, also called it a well-deserved recognition.
— Smriti Mundhra (@SmritiMundhra) January 14, 2020
Congratulations @SmritiMundhra for the Oscar Nomination ...
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 13, 2020
Bollywood filmmaker Anruag Kashyap also congratulated the Smriti for the nomination.
In 2017, the award-winning filmmaker in collaboration with Sarita Khurana, directed The Suitable Girl, which deals with arranged marriage and was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In Smriti’s own words, “It (the film) is an intimate look at how women negotiate their identities and sense of agency within patriarchal institutions, and the impact greater access to education and financial independence has had on those things.”