Shonali Bose (
Bengali: সোনালী বোস) (born 3 June 1965) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. She is known for the biographical social drama
Amu (2005), which was based on her own novel of the same name. Amu, which explores the suppressed history of the genocidal
attacks on Sikhs in Delhi in 1984, was critically acclaimed upon release and earned her the
National Film Award in the
Best Feature Film in English category.
 Her next film, the 2015 drama
Margarita with a Straw, was a major critical and commercial success as well.
Shonali hails from
Calcutta, and grew up in
Delhi. She has been an activist since her student days at
Miranda House College. She earned her
Bachelor of Arts degree from
Delhi University and master's degree in
Political Science from
Columbia University, New York. She was also involved in theater as an actor throughout school and college. Activist
Malini Chib is her first cousin, on whom she made the drama film
Margarita with a Straw (2014).