|Died||16 August 2000 (aged 48)|
|Spouse(s)||Vidhu Vinod Chopra (divorced) Sudhir Mishra (Widower)|
|Relatives||Radha Saluja (sister)|
Renu Saluja (5 July 1952 – 16 August 2000) was an Indian film editor. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked with both mainstream and art house Hindi cinema directors, including Govind Nihalani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Sudhir Mishra, Shekhar Kapoor, and Mahesh Bhatt, Vijay Singh. Her work encompassed multiple feature films, documentaries, short films, and television series.
Renu was a four-time winner of National Film Award for Best Editing for Parinda (1989), Dharavi (1993), Sardar (1993) and Godmother (1999) and won Filmfare Award for best editing for Parinda (1989) and 1942: A Love Story (1994).
Early life and education
Renu was born into a Punjabi family. She applied to the direction program at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune in 1974, but was not accepted and ended up on the editing program instead. She graduated in 1976 and began a career as a film editor in India, a field dominated by men at the time.
She first edited Vidhu Vinod Chopra's diploma film, Murder at Monkey Hill (1976), for which she also received an Associate Director credit. The film subsequently won the National Film Award for the Best Experimental Film in 1977–78. Once out of the FTII, Renu made her debut with classmate Saeed Akhtar Mirza's Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980), followed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Sazaye Maut (1981), then another classmate Kundan Shah's comedy, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), where her work received critical acclaim. Her early work was in parallel cinema with her FTII colleagues, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Saeed Mirza, Kundan Shah, and Ashok Ahuja.
Chopra's Parinda was among the first mainstream films that Renu edited, and she also assisted direction. Unlike the smaller films which were made in one schedule, with the entire film completed before she started editing, Parinda was a more complex production shot over a period of three years.
In the 1990s Renu was involved in both mainstream cinema and the new crop of independent films that appeared following the success of Hyderabad Blues. Some of the well-known films edited by Renu include Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993), Bandit Queen (1995), Jaya Ganga (1996), Pardes (1997), Rockford (1999) and Hey Ram (2000). Nagesh Kukunoor's Bollywood Calling and finally Calcutta Mail released in 2003 was her last edited film.
Her elder sister Radha Saluja was a film actress, who worked in numerous Hindi, Punjabi and other regional films, and younger sister Dr. Kumkum Khadalia is a plastic surgeon. Renu married director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, a fellow FTII alumnus when they graduated in 1976. They later worked together on Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983), where Vinod was the production manager and she was the editor. Even though they later separated, she continued to edit all his films and was his assistant director. Later in life, she became close with director Sudhir Mishra, many of whose films she worked on, including Dharavi and Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (1996).
She died in Mumbai, on 16 August 2000, after a long bout of stomach cancer.
In 2006, GraFTII, the Alumnus association of FTII released a book on her titled, 'Invisible - The Art of Renu Saluja'. In a 2005 interview, noted director, Sudhir Mishra, said that the principal character, Geeta in his acclaimed film, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005), "..is the amalgamation of all the spirited women I've known, my tribute to Renu Saluja.". Later in 2006, she became the first editor to have Editing Award named after her.
In June 2009, GRAFTII, an Alumni Association of the FTII and E-City ventures, held a tribute festival of her films, including a documentary in which all the directors Saluja worked with shared their memories of her.
|Murder at Monkey Hill||1976|
|Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai||1980|
|Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro||1983|
|Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!||1984|
|New Delhi Times||1986|
|Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin||1987|
|Mil Gayi Manzil Mujhe||1988|
|Main Zinda Hoon||1988|
|Miss Beatty's Children||1992|
|Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa||1993|
|1942: A Love Story||1994|
|Papa Kehte Hain||1995|
|Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin||1996|
|Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai||1998|
|Split Wide Open||1999|
- National Film Award
- Filmfare Award
- Star Screen Award
- Invisible: the art of Renu Saluja. by Chandita Mukherjee and Jethu Mundul. GraFTII, 2006.
- Encyclopaedia Of Hindi Cinema, p. 620
- Prolific Editor: Renu Saluja Screen (magazine), 30 June 2006.
- Cut to perfection-Invisible: The Art of Renu Saluja deconstructs the late film editor Indian Express, 31 August 2006.
- Women break into another male bastion in Bollywood Sify.com, 2009-03-12.
- Invisible: the art of Renu Saluja GraFTII.
- Murder At Monkey Hill (35mm / B&W / 35 min)
- Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s diploma film was Murder at Monkey Hill (1976),... The Tribune, 5 August 2007.
- Film editor Renu Saluja dead The Tribune, 17 August 2000.
- Nasseruddin Shah releases book on Renu Saluja Businessofcinema. 1 September 2006.
- 'Editing for her was like cooking' Rediff.com Movies, 17 August 2000.
- Straight Answers: Sudhir Mishra, Filmmaker on Indian cinema TNN, The Times of India, 24 April 2006.
- INTERVIEW: Search for understanding The Hindu, 8 May 2005.
- Jethu Mundul reveals why the late Renu Saluja is the first film editor to have an editing award named after her Screen (magazine), 7 July 2006.
- GRAFTII pays tribute to Renu Saluja Screen (magazine), 17 April 2009.