So far, we've bopped with models, rock stars, and more than a few fashion-world celebrities. But what's it like being an independent film director and having a crazy day job at MTV? We're about to find out, thanks to international movie maker Shruti Ganguly. Born in India and raised in Oman, the creative force behind MTV Desi went to Northwestern University before moving to New York City for film school. Now she writes, produces, and directs features with James Franco. (And she knows all the best underground Dim Sum restaurants in town.)
Let's see what the IMDB fixture and street-style star has to say about her most recent adventures.
FARAN KRENTCIL: Shruti, you might be the busiest girl in New York City. Please describe your job at MTV.
SHRUTI GANGULY: I'm a senior producer at MTV Desi, which is a digital platform for content surrounding South Asian youth culture. I develop and produce series and ideas for MTV, which range from video to art/illustration to editorial. In any given week, we may have shoots happening in Lahore or Dhaka, and we'll be following musicians and pop culture fixtures from Mumbai to New York to San Francisco.
FK: And then there's your movie job. Please describe your current film projects.
SG: I've worked with James Franco over the last few years, collaborating with and producing movies for his company, Rabbit Bandini. We made a movie called Tar, a biopic on the poet C.K. Williams with Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, and Zach Braff. Tar premieres in New York on August 7, and now we are in post-production on Black Dog, Red Dog with Olivia Wilde and Chloe Sevigny. Next, we have a series of movies being made from James's book Palo Alto, and of those, I'm focused on the feature Yosemite, written and directed by Gabrielle Demeestere. I'm also working with Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia on a feature called H.
FK: You seem to have a signature look: draped pants, print blouses, and a great heel. How much of your look now comes from what you learned in India about style?
SG: Indian women get a lot of stuff tailored! When I went to boarding school in the Himalayas, I would get all my pants tailored. In India, it was cheaper to do that than buy a pair of branded jeans. Obviously, things are different when you're shopping in New York!
FK: Tell us a style secret from women in Oman?
SG: In Oman, where I grew up, we would always go to the Muttrah Souq (Market) to tiny shops in search of accessories. Turquoise, coral, and silver are very popular, and I'd say that every woman [in Oman] has a statement necklace made from some combination of those materials.
FK: Tell us a Dim Sum secret in New York City?
SG: Go to the Golden Unicorn on East Broadway. Everything is amazing.
FK: You may or may not have a series of gorgeous tattoos. Please select one item on shopbop.com that's ideal for hiding tattoos from your parents?
SG: I love the 3.1 Phillip Lim Phoenix Bomber Jacket.
FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word "ocean."
SG: My personal style is... Annie Hall, lazing on a boat in the Indian Ocean.