Welcome to Rajashree’s website!
Rajashree is an award-winning film-maker and bestselling novelist . She’s been a film buff since she was a kid — she used to run away from school to watch films. She’s written six commissioned series – a thriller (for Sudhir Mishra), a romantic drama (for JioCinema), a sports drama (for Bootroom/ Friday Filmworks), a literary adaptation, a historical, and a legal thriller. Her novels were officially selected for the inaugural Books to Box Office vertical at the Film Bazaar in the International Film Festival of India, Goa. A big production house has signed her as a Writer-Director for a comedy she developed independently.
Other than her prolific commissioned work, Rajashree is also independently developing bibles for series & stories/screenplays for features. Genres: Comedy, Romance, Thriller, Drama, Social. Wants to direct one story herself, would be happy to give the rest to other directors. In case you know anyone who is looking for a writer or a director, or is scouting for bibles for series/ screenplays for features, please ask them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rajashree started off by assisting Sudhir Mishra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali after studying Film Direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Poona. A film she wrote and directed, The Rebel, won the National Award and was screened at many film festivals. She has written and directed many short films and ads for social media. She’s worked as a producer on shows like Indian Idol and directed shows for television. She’s independently produced and mentored more than 40 short films. She’s served as the Convener of the Events Committee at the Screenwriters Association. She’s also worked on the theatrical release of two low-budget feature films, and the experience in marketing & public relations helped her to promote her novel proactively.
Rajashree’s first book, Trust Me, is a lighthearted romantic comedy set in the Bombay film industry, Bollywood. It has been published in India by Rupa and in France by City Editions. She is represented by Isabel Atherton of Creative Authors Limited, a literary agency based in New York and London.
Trust Me is one of the biggest-selling Indian chick lit novels according to figures given in The Times of India and The Sunday Telegraph. It has topped The Afternoon and The Asian Age bestseller lists. The first edition sold out in less than a month and the book is doing so well that the twenty-first impression is in the pipeline. It’s also been critically acclaimed by critics, authors and film-makers. Here are some comments about Trust Me:
‘A most enjoyable read’
Geordie Greig, editor, London Evening Standard
Former editor, Tatler, & former literary editor, Sunday Times (UK)
‘Terrific story. Loved the humour’
Michele Roberts, author & former Booker judge
‘Attractive reading from the beginning to the end’
‘A weekend must-read for every chick-lit lover. Go get it!’
‘A very light-hearted, very entertaining romantic comedy’
Soha Ali Khan
‘Looking for an exciting chick-lit book with a twist? Then you simply will not be able to resist Trust Me by Rajashree’
‘Rajashree… has a genuine comic talent’
‘Rupa and Co has had a runaway hit with novelist and filmmaker Rajashree’s Trust Me ‘
The Times of India
‘Our own filmi chick-lit romance’
And here are some comments about Rajashree’s films:
‘Haunting in the true sense’
‘…incredible talent… exceptional performance… gritty photography… foregrounds how much film-makers have progressed both technically and in understanding cinematic language’
‘…endearing… well-structured and simply narrated… In its own quiet way, addresses issues of family, adolescence and increasingly brittle social relationships… It’s easy to see why this film won the National Award’