“A Heartwarming Drama,
Celia Imrie is Terrific”
BAFTA Breakthrough Producer 2021
Film London Lodestar 2021
TOP 5 on Netflix and Amazon
TOP10 Itunes UK & Apple TV USA
#1 Box Office New Zealand
#4 Box Office Australia
2021 BAFTA Breakthrough Producer and Film London Lodestar, Rajita Shah is the founder of UK based Miraj Films, a vibrant diverse led and female focused company whose vision is to produce incredible stories small and big, which celebrate humanity in the face of adversity, whilst also providing artistic and commercial appeal for all audiences. The aim is to make films that are inspiring and original, intersecting local stories with international communities.
RAJITA SHAH was born in India, studied at School of Visual Arts New York and completed her MA in Producing at Royal Holloway London University. Being a part of three cultures has had a great influence on her creative vision and experience.
In 2020 Rajita produced her first feature film a UK-German co-production LOVE SARAH starring Celia Imrie, Rupert Penry-Jones and Bill Patterson, which premiered at Glasgow Film Festival. It was one of the first theatrical releases post COVID-19, charting No. 1 in New Zealand Box Office and No.4 in Australia. Thereafter, it was released theatrically in the UK and was TOP 10 on Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV USA and iTunes also premiering on SKY CINEMA and HULU USA. LOVE SARAH was released in 60+ countries around the world. It was Longlisted for a BIFA in category of "Breakthrough Producer" . In 2021 Rajita was selected as BAFTA Breakthrough Producer and Film London Lodestar.
Rajita has previously produced critically acclaimed British shorts JUBILEE, CRIMSON and LOST PARADISE funded by UK Film Council and B3Media which premiered at BFI Film Festival. Thereafter she produced AND IT WAS THE SAME WITH MY SON funded by Film London’s ‘London Calling’ which had its World Premiere at Sheffield International Film Festival, winning awards at Underwire, Aesthetica and was nominated for "Research in Film Award" by UKRI.
Filming in Morocco, Israel and India, she has also produced critically acclaimed politically and socially charged films with non-actors which bring to light issues around immigration, disability, education and politics. ZOHRA:A MOROCCAN FAIRYTALE directed by Barney Platts-Mills premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival, 4 KILOMETERS on unrecognised Bedouin tribes was funded by National Geographic and LADOO filmed with hearing impaired children, made in association with Deaf school of Surat India was nominated at the 40th Chicago Children's Film Festival.
Rajita was also on the Jury panel for BEST DIRECTOR Nominations at BAFTA ACADEMY FILM AWARDS 2022. She is currently developing a strong slate of features and executive producing shorts as her committment to supporting new diverse talent.
Rajita is an alumni of EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), Edinburgh Talent lab and has been supported by MEDIA/CREATIVE EUROPE and Skillset/PACT. She is currently appointed Relationship Manager for Creative Media in Midlands by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND .
Rajita is also an avid scuba diver, traveller and a mother of two, one furry and one human.
LORRAINE BHATTACHARY joined Miraj Films in 2020 after associate producing feature film LOVE SARAH.
Lorraine is currently producing short films MONOCROMATIC by Karen Bryson/ Executive Produced by David Harewood along with short film THE HERRING GIRLS by Rekha Garton, which are both in Postproduction.
She is currently in pre-production on short film RETURNED by Janet Marett funded by BFI NETWORK.
Lorraine started out in research for television and then at the First Film Foundation running various film training initiatives in the UK for new filmmakers, including New Directions promoting new directing talent to the industry in the US and the North by Northwest screenwriting programme. She has also been a development and finance consultant setting up Tarpan45 Films with BAFTA nominated director Suri Krishnamma on a slate of features and shorts.
Lorraine has also worked in production design on several features including POWDER ROOM starring Sheridan Smith and BAFTA winning short MORGANA ROBINSONS SUMMER.