Sai Paranjpye

Sai Parānjpye (born 19 March 1938) is a movie director and a screenwriter in India. She is the director of award-winning movies Sparsh, Katha, Chasme Buddoor, and Disha. She has written and directed many Marathi plays like Jaswandi, Sakkhe Shejari, Albel. The Government of India awarded Sai, the Padma Bhushan title in 2006 in recognition of her artistic talents.

Sai Paranjpye was born on 19 March 1938 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh to Russian Youra Sleptzoff and Shakuntala Paranjpye. Sleptzoff was a Russian watercolor artist and a son of a Russian general. Shakuntala Paranjpye was an actor in Marathi and Hindi films, in the 1930s and 40s, including in V. Shantaram's Hindi social classic, Duniya Na Mane (1937), and later became a writer and a social worker, nominated to Rajya Sabha, Upper House of Indian Parliament and awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1991.