The MisEducation of Bindu

Indianapolis, Indiana | Film Feature

Comedy, Drama

Prarthana Mohan

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It's time to re-invent the high school feature movie - breaking tropes and featuring characters that would only typically appear on the sidelines. We want to showcase a unique and lovable lead character that has a different trajectory to growth than the usual nerd to prom queen.

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Mission Statement

This feature film showcases a teenage Indian girl in America. Our story showcases various ethnicities, sexualities, and provides several strong relationships between women. Behind the camera, we have an international film team, including our amazing female director/co-writer. Prarthana Mohan.

The Story

We wrote it because we were sick of them. You know, “Coming of Age” stories featuring guys and their all too familiar problems in high school. In the end, they have a happy ending where the protagonist learns to deal with love, friendship, and conquering puberty!


...All that heartwarming stuff.


But, that’s not how we grew up. For both of us women, we didn’t see any protagonists who went through puberty like we did—all the girls in Film and TV seemed to wake up one day beautiful and perfect. Not us. Where was the agony?


The terribly awkward?

There were hardly any characters that spoke like us, looked like us, and had experiences that resonated with us. Characters who could let us know we weren’t alone. And that’s what united us to create The Miseducation of Bindu. While we could identify with those painfully hard years of high school, Prarthana provided conflicting realities of being a young girl growing up in a conservative family from India.

Experiences of a girl caught, not only between girlhood and womanhood but a girl with a foot in India’s traditional past and the promise of global future where she can blend in to be whomever she wants to be. From that self-conscious discomfort, we met and fell in love with our painfully bright, awkward heroine: Bindu, a 14-year-old Indian American girl.

We loved Bindu for the pureness of her emotions and feared for her as she approached the hallowed halls of public high school, completely unprepared for what came next. We united our voices and wrote the coming-of-age yearning inside of us.


The Miseducation of Bindu was inspired by A Girl’s Own Story and Welcome to the Dollhouse because they each have a voice to show unflinching, brutal awkwardness of young women coping with sexuality, and Napoleon Dynamite because of the film’s ability to scrutinize the numerous bizarre facets of life—and laugh at the truth of it.


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About This Team

Born and raised in Chennai, India, Prarthana Mohan has always been interested in 

the arts. Hailing from a film family, her grandfather's (renowned composer M.S. 

Viswanathan) stories about the film industry ignited her imagination. In college, 

Prarthana pursued Visual Communication and her documentary, Hush, won the state 

award for best film. 

Prarthana completed her MFA in Film Production with an emphasis in Directing at

 Chapman University in California. Prarthana was the recipient of the Leo Freedman 

Award for excellence in visual storytelling. Her thesis film, Turn Around, showcased

 in the Cannes Short Film Corner and screened in multiple film festivals including 

Seoul International Film Festival, Portland Women's Film Festival, and Davis Film 


The short film version of this feature screened at multiple festivals and the feature 

script won 2nd Place at Cynosure Screenwriting Competition and a semifinalist at the 

Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships. She is currently working on several projects that 

have strong and compelling female characters.



Kay  is an Arizonan who's wandered west until she reached the ocean, peeling away 

her Northern Arizona University Bachelors of Science degree in Biology for a pen 

and paper. A graduate of Chapman University's Screenwriting MFA program and a prestigious Knott Scholar, Kay co-created a one-on-one writing coach program through and assists writers, from novices to showrunners on their projects. 

She has written shorts that have screened at festivals such as Cucalores Film Festival, 

deadCenter Film Festival, and Portland Women’s Film Festival. She's earned numerous 

contest placements and wins, including Scriptapaloozatv, Cynosure Screenwriting 

Competition, and Austin Film Festival.  The MisEducation of Bindu Semi-finalled in the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships. 

She produced The Awareness, which premiered on 

and selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.



Growing up in Indiana, Ed’s passion for basketball enticed him to pursue a career 

as a sports broadcaster. While studying Kinesiology at Indiana University, Ed was

 bitten by the film bug. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Ed headed west and 

received his MFA at Chapman University in Film Production with an emphasis in 


As well as shooting numerous short films that have screened at festivals around the

 world, Ed has worked in television production for such shows as Cha$e and 

The George Lopez Tonight Show and feature film production for Junkyard Dog 

and Once Fallen.  

Ed has taught cinematography and editing at SAE and New York Film Academy. 

For two and a half years he was Director of High School Programs for New York 

Film Academy and currently is the Associate Faculty Chair for Filmmaking at the

 New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, the largest BFA program within 

the Academy. Ed hopes to continue to tell dynamic stories with cultural relevance.



Kirill immigrated to United States from Odessa, Ukraine at the age of nine with 

big dreams. He received his BFA at the University Of California State Northridge 

with a concentration in Cinematography.  

As member of the local 600 Union and working for nearly fifteen years as a freelance 

cinematographer and producer, Kirill's vast body of work includes feature and short

 films, music videos, commercials and events. Unscripted shows include Deadliest 

CatchIce Road TruckersBad Girls Club, and Giada at Home. He has worked with

 such networks as ESPN, Discovery, Speed Chanel, G4, Showtime, Oxygen and 

Food Network.

Kirill's recent accomplishments include producing two feature films - Lights and 

Quarries - both currently in post production. Most recently, Kirill has taken on his next

feature as the Executive Producer which will shoot later this year. 


Dani has studied Film and Visual Arts in Spain, the UK, New York and California. 

He received an MA in Film at Cornell University and an MFA in cinematography  

at Chapman University. He is currently completing a PhD.

Dani specializes in narrative feature films at the edge of Bollywood such as Tamanchey

Ishqeria and San Pacchattar (Year 75). His latest project, The Journey Within, about 

the musical scene of Pakistan, funded by Coca-Cola, is running the festival circuit.

He has been awarded Best Cinematography at Hatchfest, Best Cinematography at 

Goldeneye Festival, the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Best Cinematography, the Jesse 

Epstein Kodak Award, and a nomination for an ASC Heritage Award.

Dani has taught at Film and Television Institute of India, Sanjan Institute in Lahore, 

EUSA in Spain, and for several international film festivals. He headed the 

cinematography department in the film school of the University of Mumbai, and now 

works at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California.

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