EXCLUSIVE: Meralta Films, the Mumbai-based producer behind Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking, is headed to Hollywood. Academy Award winner Smriti Mundhra’s agency is organising an LA office and has employed Nina Anand Aujla and Maya Gnyp to supercharge the division.
Meralta, additionally identified for ‘Shelter,’ a DGA-winning episode of HBO Max’s Through Our Eyes, and Mundhra’s Academy-nominated brief doc St. Louis Superman, focuses on premium content material that brings South Asian illustration into the mainstream. It will now search to attain objective that in Hollywood.
The new office brings the LA-born Mundhra full circle: her father Jag was a Bollywood filmmaker who ran the primary Hindi-speaking theatre within the metropolis — the Meralta Theatre in Culver City.
Aujla shall be Head of Film and Television and Gnyp Vice President, Production on the agency, which is self-funded.
Aujla most lately produced Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Productions horror characteristic Evil Eye and earlier than that helped to launch Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s Purple Pebble Pictures banner within the US and went on to work on numerous movie and TV initiatives, together with the Untitled Mindy Kaling/Priyanka Chopra Project for Universal Pictures and Amazon’s unscripted sequence Week to Sangeet. She additionally labored at Barry Jenkins’s Pastel on Under the Silver Lake and The Girlfriend Experience season two and with Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films (Patriot’s Day, Ted 2, Little Evil).
Gnyp is know for a number of movies, the newest of which was 2019’s Mystify: Michael Hutchence, which premiered at Tribeca and screened at 30+ festivals globally. Her different credit embrace Finding the Field (2019), biographies similar to Ecco Homo (2015) and In Bob We Trust (2013), which was certainly one of Australia’s highest grossing documentaries. She additionally labored on Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (2011) and has labored in Australia, the UK, India, Spain and the U.S.
Meralta is in improvement with a number of unscripted and scripted initiatives for Apple+, HBO Max, Netflix and others. Upcoming initiatives embrace a second season of Netflix actuality sequence Indian Matchmaking, through which single eschew dating apps and hand over their love lives to a standard Mumbai-based matchmaker. It debuts in August, with a 3rd season following.
Also on the slate is The Romantics, one other docuseries for Netflix, which follows the historical past of Bollywood; the pilot episode of the Brie Larson-produced documentary sequence Growing Up for Disney+ and two episodes of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever season three.
Company founder Mundhra’s directorial debut, characteristic doc A Suitable Girl, premiered in competitors on the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, the place it was awarded the Albert Maysles Best Documentary Director prize. She additionally government produced the characteristic documentary 1232 KM, on the exodus of migrant employees from India’s main cities following the federal government’s robust coronavirus lockdown.
“I started Meralta Films for two reasons: to tell groundbreaking, conversation-starting, highly entertaining stories from the perspective of the global majority, and to change the way our industry works for people of color,” she stated. “Our dynamic team, who all happen to be women, has built a dynamic slate of fiction and non-fiction content with the best talent and partners in the business. We are excited to share the first few of these projects in the coming months.”