Born in Rajasthan, Pushpendra Singh studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (where he is now also a visiting faculty member) and at the 2011 Berlin Talent Campus. He began his career as an actor under theatre guru Barry John in Delhi. He later played a lead role in director Amit Dutta’s Venice award-winning film AADMI KI AURAT AUR ANYA KAHANIYA (THE MAN’S WOMAN AND OTHER STORIES, 2009). He also acted in Maximilian Linz’s German feature ASTA UPSET, which screened at the 64th Berlin Film Festival. His debut feature as a director LAJWANTI (THE HONOUR KEEPER, 2014) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. He is also working on his documentary SHIFTING LINES OF THE DESERT (a recipient of Busan’s Asian Network of Documentary Fund) set in the Thar desert, Rajasthan, about an extended family of low caste Muslim musicians struggling to maintain their identity as musical inheritors of their Hindu upper caste patrons.
ASHWATTHAMA, his second feature, premiered at Busan International Film Festival in the New Currents Section.
2017, feature, 120 minutes
- Busan International Film Festival, New Currents
THE HONOUR KEEPER (LAJWANTI)
2014, feature, 63 minutes
- Berlin International Film Festival, Forum