Gauri Shinde is an Indian ad-film and feature film director. Shinde has made her directional debut with the highly acclaimed English Vinglish (2012), which marked the comeback of actress Sridevi. Shinde featured in the Financial Times 2012 list of '25 Indians To Watch'. She also featured on Rediff's list of 'Bollywood's 5 Best Directors of 2012.' Her husband R. Balki is the director of acclaimed films such as Cheeni Kum (2007) and Paa (2009).
Gauri Shinde was born and brought up in Pune, where she studied at St Joseph's High School and later graduated from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication in Pune. Her aspiration towards film-making started right from the days at the end of her college life.
Shinde moved to Mumbai for her internship with documentary director Siddharth Kak and later started working with advertising agencies like IBW, Bates Clarion and Lowe Lintas, where R. Balki was the creative director. In following years, she made over 100 advertising films and short films; her short film Oh Man! (2001) was selected for the Berlin Film Festival.
She made her feature film debut as a director with English Vinglish (2012), a film by Shinde's own relationship with her mother, who ran her own pickle business out of her home in Pune and was a Marathi-speaking woman, who didn't speak English well, which embarrassed Shinde as a child.
Shinde married R. Balki in 2007.