Nusrat F Jafri, is a Mumbai based cinematographer. Born and brought up in the city of nawabs, Lucknow, Nusrat, did her schooling from La Martiniere Girls College. It was at school that the roots of her interest in Art and story telling were planted. The keen-ness to learn Cinematography, was furthered during her Masters in Mass Communication at the Mass Communication Research Centre, at the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi.. She moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in films. Being the only woman on a film set at times was unnerving, but Nusrat stuck around with dedication.
She has carved her own road to an independent film career. Having just a few women predecessors (Cinematographers) before her, in the film Industry, the journey has been arduous, but fruitful nonetheless. She believes in promoting other women on her film sets and ensures that she always reserves a place for another female assistant on her team.
Nusrat is the Cinematographer for the Hindi Feature Film, “Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz, ” Directed by Onir and Produced by, SAREGAMA. The film is available on Netflix. She also shot the Season One of Amazon Prime’s web show, “Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare, ” created by Zakir Khan. She has also shot Shlok Sharma’s multi-award winning Short film “Sujata.” And did the Additional Cinematography for Hansal Mehta’s National Award winning feature “Shahid.” She has shot many TVCs and documentaries, including Krishnendu Bose’s award winning documentary “Delhi Work In Progress. ” And most recently, Vijayeta Singh’s “She Builds” for Disney +Hotstar.
Her latest short film, Pilibhit, had a wonderful run at International Film Festivals.
Nusrat has written articles for the Indian Express and The Pioneer, newspapers. She was a mentee with the South Asia Speaks Mentorship Program, 2021, initiated by the wonderful author and journalist Sonia Faleiro. Her mentor was Aanchal Malhotra, author of The Remnants of a Separation.
Nusrat is currently working on her debut non-fiction book and is represented by Jacaranda Literary Agency.
Nusrat lives in Mumbai with her husband, son and cat. When not shooting, she spends her time crafting stories and crocheting handmade toys for her son.