Sri Rao is a filmmaker, author, and speaker. He stands uniquely positioned at the intersection of Hollywood & Bollywood as one of the few Americans to be producing content simultaneously for the world’s two largest entertainment industries. He is an established television screenwriter, currently in a first-look deal with Netflix where his company is developing a slate of shows across genres. His upcoming projects include Finding Anamika starring iconic Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit in her first-ever series role, and The Henna Artist starring Freida Pinto, based on the New York Times bestselling novel.
Earlier in his career, Sri sold close to a dozen pilots to networks including ABC, NBC, Fox, The CW, HBO Max, Bravo, BBC America, and Nickelodeon. Credits include: “Red White & Bollywood” (with Priyanka Chopra); “Courtesan” (with director Shekhar Kapur); “S.O.B.” (with Kelly Ripa); “Alpha/Omega” (with Anthony Edwards); and “I Am Not Myself These Days” (with Darren Star).
In Sri’s book, Bollywood Kitchen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), he introduces readers to the best contemporary Bollywood musicals and pairs a menu of home-cooked recipes with each film. Bollywood Kitchen has been adapted into a theatrical play, produced by The Geffen Playhouse and starring Sri, with its world premiere in January, 2021.
On the film side, Sri wrote 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 blend the ancient with the modern. 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. For speaking and appearance inquiries, please contact CAA.