Cast + Crew


Anirban Roy | Director

Anirban Roy was born in India and moved to Los Angeles in 1993. After earning a Masters degree in documentary production from the University of Southern California, Roy began his career as an editor for network television shows. Over the next 11 years he went on to direct award-winning documentaries like Pepino Mango Nance, Six Weeks and Taking the Heat.

Each of Roy's films has examined the lives of marginalized human beings. Pepino chronicles the life of an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles. Six Weeks explores a rehabilitation program for at-risk youth in crime-ridden Compton, California. Heat, narrated by Susan Sarandon, is an exposé documentary about what the first women firefighters of New York City had to endure at their workplace.

All of Roy’s works have been televised. Heat, his most recent film, was telecast nationally on the Emmy-winning PBS series Independent Lens. It was subsequently broadcast in several countries, such as the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Aashpordha is Roy’s first Indian film since he moved to the US.

Somnath Sen | Producer

Somnath Sen, our producer, lives in Mumbai, where he is on the faculty at the renowned Whistling Woods Film School. He has directed several films, including the much-acclaimed feature Leela starring Dimple Kapadia and Vinod Khanna.

Bob Brooks | Editor

Bob Brooks has cut award-winning films such as Amu and Bunny, which have screened at Berlin, Toronto, AFI, and other major film festivals.

Vivek Maddala | Composer

Composer Vivek Maddala, has scored over 30 feature films. His recent work premiered at Cannes, Toronto and Sundance. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow for Film Composing.

Kaushik Das | Production Designer

Production Designer Kaushik Das has worked over 40 features and has won several awards, including the National Award (India), Star Best Production Designer of the Year and the prestigious SAARC Award for the Arts.