Shalom Bollywood part of Discovering India section at Mumbai Film Festival

Danny Ben-Moshe
Producer & Director

Danny Ben-Moshe is one of Australia’s leading documentary filmmakers. He won the country’s top documentary prize, the Walkley Award (2014), for his film CODE OF SILENCE, which lifted the lid on sex abuse on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. This was commissioned by public broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

Danny’s latest film is MY MOTHER’S LOST CHILDREN, is an epic family saga told across five continents and six decades, made for for BBC Storyville.

Danny has a passion for Jewish stories, and his forthcoming documentary for SBS, THE OUTBACK RABBIS, is an Australian road trip like no other.

Danny has also made highly acclaimed non-Jewish themed films beyond Australia. His 2011 feature length documentary about the 1960s CARNABY STREET UNDRESSED, which featured rock legends such as Roger Daltry from The Who, was pick of the week in Britain’s ‘Sunday Times’ and received a four star review in London’s ‘Time Out’.

While his film’s are renowned for their quirkiness, they are always factually rigorous.  For several years Danny was a professor undertaking Jewish studies research at universities in Australia, America and Israel. Danny has an undergraduate degree in law and politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a PhD in Jewish Studies from the University of Melbourne. In addition to traditional documentary storytelling, Danny is currently making his first virtual reality film.

As a vegetarian, Danny nominates India as his favourite never go hungry film shoot location.

Danny can be followed on twitter @dannyb_m

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Ayesha Dharker
Narrator

Ayesha Dharker’s voice has been a powerful presence in her many film, theatre and TV roles. These include the acclaimed award winning Tamil Indian film The Terrorist, Hollywood blockbusters such as Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones when she played Queen Jamillia, the Queen of Naboo, and popular British TV series such as Doctor Who. Ayesha also starred in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams, both in London’s West End and on Broadway. Ayesha’s voice will now enrich the tale told in SHALOM BOLLYWOOD as she narrates the film in her mellifluous tone.

Dwit Monani
Indian codirector & Line Producer

Dwit Monani is SHALOM BOLLYWOOD’s man on the ground in Mumbai cutting through everything from the city’s ubiquitous traffic to bureaucracy to make this film happen. After completing a post-graduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of Pune in 2005, Dwit has worked in various roles in over 40 TV commercials and documentaries, including TV series for the Discovery Network and BBC World. His experience includes being post-production manager on two seasons of Jhalak Dikhlaja, theIndian version of Dancing with the stars, but he still refuses to dance on camera for SHALOM BOLLYWOOD. Dwit is the director of Mumbai based production company Line of Action Films.