Salsa Masala

Mithila Gupta

Feature film

Asha defies her father to escape to India and become a Bollywood dancer - only to realise that he might be the key to connecting with her culture and star potential.


Salsa Masala is a coming of age story about passionate dreamer, Asha (18). Toddler Asha comes to the abundant shores of Aus from India with her dad Satish. Both carry the grief of losing her mother Radha. (Asha quite literally sees her ghost – a figment of Asha’s imagination.) And …

About Mithila Gupta

Mithila started her screenwriting career in the story room at Neighboursin 2010 – where she introduced an Indian family to the regular cast of Ramsay Street. She went on to script edit and write for the show.

She has since written on Playing For Keeps, Winners And Losers, Home And Away, Trip For Biscuits, This Is Shyness and Toybox. She was also the assistant script editor on Cleverman.

Mithila recently wrote the pilot for Aquarius Films’ The Unlisted, which has been green lit by the ABC to go into production in 2018. Mithila will write 3 episodes as well as work as the Cultural Writer across the series. She’s also writing several episodes of The Heightsfor Matchbox and the ABC, along with television in development with Hoodlum, Beyond Productions and Sticky Pictures.

Mithila has her own comedy series (co-created with Majhid Heath) Spousemates in development with Sticky Pictures. As well as her debut feature film Salsa Masala, which she’s developing with producer Leanne Tonkes. Salsa Masala gained Mithila entry into Film Victoria’s Catapult Concept Lab in 2012 and has since received development funding from Film Victoria and Screen Australia. Both of these projects have a strong and joyful focus on cultural diversity – something Mithila is extremely passionate about.

Mithila’s latest endeavour is creating a dating webseries Out Of Date with Mamamia through Screen Australia’s Gender Matters fund. It’s based on her sometimes-hilarious often-terrifying personal dating stories. She is also a founding member of the Australian Writer’s Guild’s first ever Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC).

Australian Screenwriter Mithila Gupta
Mithila Gupta