Alongside dance, Antara has had a prolific career as a filmmaker. After completing her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, Antara went on to studying filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, where she specialized in directing. She worked as an assistant director to acclaimed filmmaker, Jagmohan Mundhra, and assisted him on films such as Provoked (Aishwarya Rai, Naveen Andrews, Miranda Richardson, Nandita Das). At the age of 25, she directed her own feature film, a British suspense-thriller titled Telling Lies, starring Spice-Girls Melanie Brown, Jason Flemyng (Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Kelly Stables. Since then, Antara shifted gears from direction, and was producer on Jagmohan Mundhra’s Shoot On Sight (Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri), a British thriller highlighting Islamaphobia post-train bombings.

 

Her latest project was a documentary film produced through her own production company, HINDIPENDENT FILMS, in partnership with the Center for Asian American Media titled Upaj: Improvise. With Upaj: Improvise, Antara brings her two worlds of film and dance together, as she brings to film the unique collaboration of the late Kathak maestro Pandit Chitresh Das and Tap Star Jason Samuels Smith. Upaj: Improvise was winner of Best Documentary at the Dance Camera West Film Festival (2014) and has screened at festivals throughout the world, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival (U.K.) and Byron Bay Film Festival (Australia). It was broadcast nationally in the U.S. on PBS World in 2014.

 

 

PBS Interview with Antara Bhardwaj about Upaj: Improvise