Shonali Bose is an Indian film director, screenriter and producer. She is known for her film Amu which explores the suppressed history of the genocidal attacks on Sikhs in Delhi in 1984.
Shonali hails from Calcutta, and grew up in Bombay and Delhi. She has been an activist since her student days at Miranda House College. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree from Delhi University and Masters Degree in Political Science from Columbia University, New York. She was also involved in theater as an actor throughout school and college.
Shonali had worked for a year as an organizer at the National Lawyers Guild, and directed live community television in Manhattan before embarking on the MFA Directing Program at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her short narrative films The Gendarme Is Here and Undocumented and feature-length documentary Lifting the Veil have screened in festivals and other venues throughout the world.
Amu is her feature film debut which she had written, produced and directed. Amu released in India in January 2005 receiving popular and critical acclaim. It then went on to premier at the Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals amongst many other international festivals.
She has also written the book Amu based on the screenplay which released simultaneously with the film, making her the first Indian to do so.
Her movie Chittagong is directed by her husband Bedabrata Pain which is about the Chittagong armoury raid of 1930. The film stars Manoj Bajpai as Masterda Surya Sen.