Secretary, Actor, IC
Ankita Podder (she/her)
Ankita Podder is an actor and intimacy coordinator; born in Calcutta and is now based out of Mumbai, India.
She is a Sociology graduate from Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Film Studies from Xavier Institution of Communications, Mumbai. Alongside her education, Ankita has always been a stage and screen actor. She is also the Secretary of The Intimacy Collective, India.
Podder has worked as an assistant director, a producer, and been a part of several writers’ rooms as well. She started her career as the assistant to India’s first intimacy coordinator, Aastha Khanna, who she has done over a dozen projects with. Some of them include Saas, Bahu aur Flamingo on Disney+Hotstar, Jee Karda on Amazon Prime.
As a certified intimacy coordinator she has already worked in over more than ten projects; Ankita has headed projects directed by Abhinay Deo, Karan Kandhari, Vivek Budakoti, amongst many others.
Ankita’s fascination with visuality in arts molds her gaze and attempts to steer the narrative in South Asian storytelling, creating openness in cinema around gender, intimacy, sex and sexualities. Her vast experience in this job role adds to her ability to bring nuanced technique and empathy to the table. In addition, her training as an actor has layered her professional ability to guide performers through workshops to achieve the director’s vision.