(Last Updated on : 04/06/2013)
Zarina Mehta over the last 15 years, Zarina has been responsible for the start-up and creation of some of UTV's major divisions and has produced over 3500 hours of high TRP, award-winning television programming in multiple languages. She is also a multi-award-winning director of corporate documentaries with a passion for children's television.
Early Life of Zarina Mehta
Zarina Mehta was born in the year 1949. She did her schooling from JP Petit High School for girls. She did her graduation in Economics from St. Xavier's College
, Mumbai. Then she was hired as an assistant director for India's first independent production Mashoor Mahal.
Career of Zarina Mehta
From being programming head of UTV's kids channel Hungama TV, Zarina was made its COO. Kids' programming is what she is most passionate about and it also came through her shows The Mathemagic Show, Hip Hip Hurray and Shakalaka Boom Boom for Doordarshan
, Zee TV
and Star Plus
respectively. Hungama TV under her stewardship has recently touched the number two position in the kids' channels space and the lady can't stop gushing about it.
Zarina was involved in an array of shows like Shanti, Parivartan and Saaya amongst others. Zarina joined Hungama TV as head of programming and introduced local shows like Hero and Sanya at a time when the kids' channels space was dominated by international animation and live action shows. Hero became instantly popular Sanya, on the other hand, was India's first interactive daily show for kids. She also introduced the Hungama TV Captain's Hunt, wherein the channel looked for kids to be on their board of directors to provide suggestions to the channel. Then the Hungamathon was introduced - one of a kind mini-marathon for kids, which was held in Mumbai
. All these initiatives have made Hungama TV a kid's channel.
She also the co producer for Hawai Dada (2011), Chillar Party (2011), No One Killed Jessica (2011), Guzaarish (2010) and producer for Kisaan (2009) and Executive producer for Agyaat (2009)respectively.
Personal Life of Zarina Mehta
She is married to Ronnie Screwvala, the founder Chairman of UTV group.