Chithra’s first exposure to filmmaking began with a failed attempt to fund a film about an explosive water-sharing dispute between two southern states in India. Deeply affected by that experience, she quit a decade-long career as a Physical Therapist and enrolled in film school and earned her M.F.A in Film Production.
She is known for Rags to pads, a three-minute film about menstrual hygiene in India. Her other short documentary Mijo, aired on KLRU TV, PBS and played in more than 50 film festivals around the world. Her documentary, Foreign Puzzle was a part of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundations "On Screen In Person Tour."
Chithra edited episodes for America in Transition, stories about trans people of color in America. Currently, she is in production for Our Daughters - a film about an Indian American couple raising white twins in an open adoption.
Chithra is the recipient of the Creative Arts Fellowship and BAVC National Media Maker Fellowship. While she still finds real people far more interesting, all the fake news and 45 drove her out of Washington D.C. She lives in New York now and hopes to make fantastical fiction films about our lived experiences.