Shruti Rya Ganguly
Who is Shruti Ganguly?
Shruti is a happy girl with big dreams, for herself and everyone else.
By day you are a ……….. By night you are………
By day I’m a filmmaker and by night a karaoke aficionado.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an animator for Disney, a flight attendant and a diplomat.
How did you get to be where you are?
By letting go of fearing what other people would think about what I should do, and by listening to my own heart about what would make me the most inspired… Not to mention a lot of hard work, connecting with likeminded collaborators and just trying and trying again, incessantly and consistently.
If you could go back in time and give your 16-year-old self some advice what would it be? Don’t tweeze your eyebrows so much!
If the cupboard in your bedroom would lead you to another world what would your Narnia look like?
My Narnia would have my childhood home from Oman floating in the middle of an aqua blue sea, that is more like a lake, and is located on the top of a tree-filled mountain, similar to the what the area around my boarding school in the Himalayas in India looked like! You can get 360-degree views of the sunset and the sunrise. My close friends, family and boyfriend would all be seated around a large wooden dining table as we prepare for a dinner party. The sound of birds and animals would trickle in through the large windows of the house, and the smell of eucalyptus and pine would fill the air. There would be other houses that would float on by that you could visit. Bands would play intimate concerts in the living room, and we could watch movies projected on the dome of the sky.
What was one of your favorite past projects?
This is a tough question because I take on every project with the same excitement and enthusiasm, no matter what scope or scale. If anything, it’s really the combination of the things I’ve been doing – whether writing my TV show about investigation journalism to going to Ethiopia to produce and shoot a documentary about women who fought in the civil war to directing a music video that features Mickey Boardman dancing up a storm!
What are you working on now and what do you dream of happening in the future?
I’m working on several projects right now. I’m producing a virtual reality short film that just won a Sundance grant, to developing a feature film on the Grateful Dead. I’m also directing a series of videos/films for Surface Magazine and creating a TV series with Refinery29 and my Fictionless partners, and then there’s my first feature film! (I don’t think my parents still understand what I actually do, but the best way to describe it is that I work, a lot.)
For the future, I hope that I can keep doing the same, just more, but with a family of our own who we’ll learn from next!
What song do you love that you keep secret cause its too embarrassing to say publicly you like it?
Dreams by Gabrielle.
Which version of WE will become silhouettes do you prefer. The Postal Service or the Shins?
I love “The Postal Service” one, especially for the music video… but if I was listening to this live, I’d prefer “The Shins” version!
Are you a morning person or night person?
Any advice for peeps just starting out?
You have to want it more than other people would want it for you.
What it means to be a woman these days has changed so much in the last 50 years..what is femininity to you ?
If you believe in human rights then you are a feminist. This is an exciting time to be a woman – we are more vocal than ever before, sparking groundswells of change. In the last century, women have been able to vote, taking on key leadership positions across industries, and while there is still a gap and bias, it will only be reduced. But this is something we need to all work on tirelessly and this is also not just a women’s issue.
Is there a quote or mantra you live by?