With female empowerment as a topic close to her heart, Chandra has planned to build an all-female team of technicians who can be instrumental in paving the way in a male-dominated industry.
Indian actress Nitu Chandra Srivastava has launched her film production house, Champaran Talkies Studios FZ LLC, in Abu Dhabi.
The initiative is a tribute to Gandhiji who started his Satyagraha, a form of non-violent resistance, in Champaran, but also to Chandra’s Indian roots which played a major role in establishing her as a successful actress and producer. .
Coming from a middle class family with no film background, Chandra worked her way through different Indian film industries to make her mark as an actress. Champaran Talkies was Chandra’s way of giving back to the film industry and the people of India. She launched Champaran Talkies in Mumbai, India in 2010 with her brother Nitin Chandra, a screenwriter and director, with a vision to bring quality cinema to Indian audiences. Together, they wanted to change the negative image of films from Bihar, Chandra’s hometown.
This vision became a reality when Champaran Talkies became the first production house to secure the one and only national award in the Maithili language in India. Since then, Champaran Talkies has produced several documentaries and feature films.
Champaran Talkies Studios FZ LLC in Abu Dhabi is an extension of the Mumbai production house. The sole aim of the Abu Dhabi studio is to produce international films that appeal to global audiences. To achieve this, Chandra plans to build an all-female team of talented female technicians above the line who can be instrumental in producing quality content and paving the way for women in a male-dominated industry.
Speaking about the production house, Nitu Chandra Srivastava, Director of Champaran Talkies Studios FZ LLC said, “Empowering women and recognizing their value is the best thing we can do to uplift society. With this all-female team at Champaran Talkies Studios, I aim to provide greater access to women in the field of filmmaking and film production. I believe that I can find the right talent from different ethnicities for my projects thanks to the international integration of the UAE and the presence of more than 200 nationalities in one space. I am grateful to the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Abhitanshu Khare, my lawyer from London, and Abdulhamid Al Balooshi of A. Albalooshi Advocates and Legal Consultants, who were instrumental in establishing my studios here in the United Arab Emirates.
Hans Fraikin, Abu Dhabi Film and Television Commissioner, added, “We are delighted to welcome award-winning Hollywood actor and producer Nitu Chandra Srivastava to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Champaran talkies Studios is a one-of-a-kind female production house that plans to create groundbreaking and inspiring international productions, and we are extremely happy to support Nitu in this unique endeavour. It is also appropriate that we announce this association on the momentous occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. We believe this partnership will create international opportunities for women around the world in Abu Dhabi.
Champaran Talkies Studios is already in talks with writers from different parts of the world and will soon finalize the projects.