Sabrina Dhawan was born in England, raised in Delhi and lives in New York. She graduated from Columbia University’s film program in 2001 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film. Sabrina’s student short "Saanjh – As Night Falls" was cited as "Best of the Festival" at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2000, won an award from New Line Cinema for "Most Original Film," won the "Audience Impact" Award at Angelus Awards and was nominated for a Student Academy Award.
Sabrina’s first produced screenplay Monsoon Wedding, directed by Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair, was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2002 and was also nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Film in a Foreign Language."
Sabrina’s produced credits include "11.9.01," a short film on September 11th for Canal Plus, and Cosmopolitan for PBS. She has co-screenplay credit on Kaminey (directed by Vishal Bharadwaj) and Ishiqiya (directed by Abhishek Chaubey). She served as co-producer on Bollywood Hero, a mini-series for IFC. Sabrina just completed writing a documentary to celebrate 100 years of Bollywood, which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. She has written for various studios and film companies in the United States and India, including 20th century Fox, HBO, Disney Animation, Fox-Star and Killer Films.
Sabrina has taught at Columbia University’s MFA program, MAISHA (a lab based in Uganda for East African filmmakers), Asian American Writing Workshop, Doha Film Institute in Qatar, the Hamptons Film Festival, India Screenwriting Lab etc. She is an Assistant Professor and the Area Head of Screenwriting at the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Sabrina is currently working on a Broadway musical adaptation of the movie Monsoon Wedding and on a feature film for ABC.
From the director of Chutney Popcorn, the writer of Monsoon Wedding and acclaimed actors Roshan Seth and Carol Kane comes a new recipe for bittersweet comedy....▶
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