Meneka Esther Das
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Meneka is an actor/director and creator. She was born in North India and moved to London to study theatre & film. She has had the privilege of working with directors such as David Yates, Mike Leigh and Tim Supple and with Dexter Fletcher in the Oscar Winning ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ where she played the role of Jer Bulsara, Freddie’s Mum. Her passion for stories with strong female voices especially those that reflect her culture inspired her to turn to writing and directing to help bring them to the screen. Her first 35 mm short ‘The Audition’ opened Mira Nair’s film ‘Hysterical Blindness’ at the Bite the Mango Film Festival in Bradford. She went on to write and direct her first low budget feature ‘Little Box of Sweets’ which was shot in North India with a mixed cast and crew from India and UK. The film won Best Music Award at The South Asian Int. Film Festival, New York and Meneka was awarded the Grand Jury Award for Emerging Talent.
A second feature venture is a story with two sisters who journey to London to make their mark on the capital’s music scene. ‘The Songs within Me’ - currently in development with the BFI and was selected by the UK Film Council for Tribeca All Access and won Best Screenplay at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. Meneka was semi-finalist for the Shondaland Directing Mentorship scheme. She directed the ‘I’m..' series of ‘Dumping Ground’ for the BBC and recently directed a sold out run of Ibsen’s play ‘The Dolls House’ in London.

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