On her tapestry of film, Abheri De paints with light and darkness to craft visually enthralling cinematic experiences. Shattering the glass ceiling and bringing visual fables to life on the big screen, Abheri De is a Bengali cinematographer who is breaking all stereotypes. Her favourite formula for success is to create a masterpiece even while working with minimal resources.
Abheri pursued a graduate degree in Mass Communication and Videography from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Realising her passion for creating images for cinema during her college days, She went on to complete her post graduate diploma in cinematography from the world renowned Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 2014.
She began her career as second assistant cinematographer to ace Director of Photography, Binod Pradhan, for feature films like BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG and 2 STATES. Having made her mark with her impressive work, she went on to create more spell-binding work through her role as Chief AC and Operative camera person in collaboration with DoP Savita Singh and DoP Reshmi Sarkar, both her senior from FTII.
Her first full-fledged work as Director of Photography was for a Bengali film, BITNOON, in her hometown of Kolkata. This was soon followed by ONYO BASANTO for ZEE Bangla Originals in collaboration with Nideas Production. CALCUTTA SONATA, a documentary she shot, premiered at KIFF 2018 and DRAMA QUEEN is still in post production stage. These films have propelled her cinematically, winning her team the Satyajit Ray Silver Award at the First South Asian Short Film Festival in 2018 for CALCUTTA SONATA.
Brilliant opportunities never come easy but she got many independent projects with unique genres and types. She has worked on everything from short films and documentaries to corporate videos. She is an extremely spontaneous lady who believes in herself and goes the extra mile to deliver excellence. Painting is her passion and she loves to shoot stills on 35mm negative.
Abheri De presently lives and works in Kolkata, where she continues to shoot independent projects like short films, documentaries and corporate videos. She is currently teaching in Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute as Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Cinematography for Electronic & Digital Media.