New Delhi, March 29 -- Guneet Monga was at composer Sneha Khanwalkar and director Kanu Behl's January wedding in Indore when she learnt that the film she had worked on had been nominated for an Oscar. She had been buying paan while checking Twitter. "I immediately told him, 20 paan kar do (make it 20)," she says. "Logon ka mooh meetha kar doongi (I'll buy something sweet for everyone)."

This was Monga's second time at the Oscars. In 2010, Kavi, an anti-slavery short she produced, was up for Best Live Action Short. It didn't win. This time, Monga wasn't the main producer but played a key role as India producer, helping to see through the shooting. The film, Period. End Of Sentence, was a non-fiction short about women making and selling me...