Directed by Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 97 Minutes World Premiere
Dipti, Amrita, and Ritu are all young, modern women in India looking to get married—some desperately, some reluctantly. A Suitable Girl follows them over the course of four years as they juggle family, career and friends, intimately capturing their thoughts on arranged marriage, giving them a voice, and offering a unique perspective into the nuances of this institution.

With A Suitable Girl, Filmmakers Sarita Khurana & Smriti Mundhra have achieved what many documentarians can only attempt, taking a topic that many outsiders misunderstand and laying it beautifully bare. In this case, the subject of arranged marriages has become increasingly controversial to the Western world over time, as women have rightfully embraced their independence and released the ties of tradition. In this film, we meet several of these contemporary women, all of whom relish their greatness as individuals while acknowledging the importance of tradition to their identities. A Suitable Girl challenges conventions and reveals truthful portraits of its central subjects with beautiful cinematography, compelling characters, and a gorgeous score from Gingger Shankar.

—Loren Hammonds
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Asian American Director(s), TFF Alumni
About the Director(s)
Sarita Khurana was born in London in 1970, grew up in NYC, and holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Smriti Mundhra holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Bomb the System, won the SXSW Audience Award with Waterborne and co-produced Punching at the Sun.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Documentary Competition
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  • Length:
    97 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi
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Cast & Credits
  • Cinematographer:
    Andre de Alencar Lyon, Naiti Gamez
  • Director:
    Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra
  • Screenwriter:
    Jennifer Tiexiera, Smriti Mundhra, Sarita Khurana
  • Composer:
    Gingger Shankar
  • Executive Producer:
    Cal Amir, Ken Castelino
  • Producer:
    Jennifer Tiexiera, Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra
  • Cast:
    Dipti Admane, Amrita Jhanwar, Ritu Taparia, Seema Taparia
  • Editor:
    Jennifer Tiexiera