Originally from Jamshedpur, Digvijay Singh moved to Bombay to study at St. Xavier College. After graduating, he worked as an assistant director for advertising, television and Bollywood films. He enrolled the professional program in producing at the University of California in Los Angeles which led to his feature directing debut with Maya.
Maya - 2001
Maya deals with an outlawed but still-active Indian ceremony in which newly-pubescent girls are raped.
The first half of the film tracks a middle-class family in rural India as they enjoy a summer of mischief preceding a turning point in 12-year-old Maya's life. Maya lives with her cousin Sanjay and his parents because her own family can't afford to raise her. The first half of the film lovingly captures the impish cousins' relationship as they steal candy, torment lizards and skip out on their punishments. Sanjay's parents are temperamental -- the kids are constantly slapped and told to shut up - yet also indulgent. Then Maya gets her first period, and an ominous cloud rolls across their lives.
Direction & Co-Screenplay: Digvijay Singh