On the set of ‘Jump’
Switching her focus, Bindu moved behind the camera, taking courses in film directing, scriptwriting and cinematography – at the London Film School, City University and Raindance Academy.
She wrote and directed her first short film in 2000, THINGS I NOTICE, THINGS YOU SEE starring (a then unknown) Michael Fassbender, followed by three further shorts GESUNDHEIT! (winner of the Prix Europa Prize), THREE, and THE KISS.
In 2012 Bindu went on to write and direct her first feature film JUMP (Hugofilm/Manmade Films/RSI), which won five awards at the 2012 BIFF festival including Best Director and Best Feature Film.
Her second feature film, FINDING CAMILLE, was shot in Switzerland, Italy and Bosnia (in 2016), and premiered at the Rome Film Festival in October 2017 to great acclaim. It was then broadcast in Germany, France and Switzerland, in 2018 (on RSI and ARTE), and released in UK cinemas by the independent cinema group Kino.
After the first Lockdown, Bindu shot her third feature 40 & CLIMBING, a story about female friendship, secrets and the power of forgiveness and collaboration. The film is currently screening in various international festivals around the world, after its television (RSI) premiere in October 2021.
Bindu also just finished work (creating, co-writing and co-directing) on a new NETFLIX series called AN ASTROLOGICAL GUIDE FOR BROKEN HEARTS, based on Silvia Zucca’s international best selling novel, which Bindu optioned back in 2018. Season 1 dropped on the streamer in October 2021 (and was in the Top Ten in 26 countries) – Season 2 will premiere on International Women’s Day (8th March 2022).
Bindu was born in India, grew up in the UK, the USA, Italy and Switzerland and after many years living in bustling London, she is now based by the sea, in the South East of England, with her husband and two children. She is bi-lingual in Italian and English (writing & developing projects in both languages) and speaks conversational German and French.