Sri Rao is a filmmaker, author, and speaker based in New York City. He stands uniquely positioned at the intersection of Hollywood & Bollywood as one of the few Americans to have worked in the mainstream Indian movie industry. He is currently filming “The Actress” for Netflix, a suspenseful family drama he created for iconic Bollywood superstar Madhuri Dixit, in her first-ever series role.
Sri is an established television screenwriter, having sold close to a dozen pilots to networks including ABC, NBC, Fox, The CW, Bravo, BBC America, and Nickelodeon. His projects, spanning both drama and comedy, often tell stories of the Indian-American experience. Credits include: “Red White & Bollywood” (with Priyanka Chopra), “Courtesan” (with director Shekhar Kapur), “S.O.B.” (with Kelly Ripa), “Bollywood Spy” (with Ryan Seacrest), and “I Am Not Myself These Days” (with Darren Star).
In Sri’s book, Bollywood Kitchen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), he introduces readers to the most iconic, contemporary Bollywood musicals and pairs a menu of home-cooked recipes with each movie. Bollywood Kitchen has been adapted into a theatrical play, produced by The Geffen Playhouse and starring Sri, with its world premiere in January, 2021.
Previously, Sri wrote the Bollywood film “Baar Baar Dekho,” featuring the #1 hit song “Kala Chashma” (with over one billion views on YouTube). He also produced the films “New York” and “Badmaash Company” for India’s leading movie studio, Yash Raj Films.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania to parents who immigrated from India, Sri has spent his life bridging cultures. He is passionate about using his unique point-of-view as a cultural ambassador to help people translate ancient traditions to fit their modern lifestyle. He has spoken at the Obama White House as a thought leader on Indian-American culture.
Sri is an honors graduate of The Wharton School. He is represented by CAA.