JAYA Official Trailer from Puja Maewal on Vimeo.

Jaya, a young purse snatcher, survives Mumbai’s unforgiving streets by posing as a boy and living among a band of thieves. When she meets a wealthy businessman who might be the father who abandoned her, she sets out to reclaim her rightful place in his family, in this engrossing drama that was shortlisted for a Student Academy Award. JAYA, written and directed by Puja Maewal, is screening in cities across the world, and Puja Maewal’s feature screenplay based on the short was selected for the Writers Guild of America’s Feature Access program and Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab. Please watch the trailer above and visit for more info.



Sidekick is screening at Comic Con!

Sidekick is screening at Comic Con!








An imaginative little girl and a petty burglar become unlikely accomplices when she mistakes him for her favorite comic book superhero. Written and directed by Puja Maewal, this coming-of-age drama was a Student BAFTA U.S. Finalist and a National Short Film Competition Finalist at USA Film Festival. It premiered at Comic-Con San Diego and also screened at HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles.









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This dramedy was directed by Puja Maewal in Film Independent’s Project Involve Fellowship.