Neelesha Barthel was born in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1977 as the daughter of the Indian director, Chetna Vora and the German cinematographer, Lars Barthel. In 1983 they left the GDR, to live in India and the USA, until finally returning back to West-Berlin.
With great influence of creativity in her environment, an interest for film started developing at an early age.
Already in 1999, Neelesha took initiative, to apply her self taught skills to various film projects as a cinematographer, editor and director.
Her first cinematic footage culminated in the feature-length documentary “Bling Bling” (2001). Following that, the Tv documentary “Fifty Fifty” (2002) for the “ZDF Kleines Fernsehspiel”. In 2002, Neelesha began studying directing at the Filmhochschule HFF “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam with a major in fictional narration. In 2007, she successfully completed her studies with the RBB movie “Zwei zu Dritt”. Parallel to the development of the screenplay for her debut film, Neelesha attended a scriptwriting academy to continue polishing her skills as a writer.
Finally, the Kreuzberger Culture-Clash comedy “Marry Me!” hit theaters in 2015, as her debut film.
In 2016 she actualized her first commissioned work for the ZDF – the TV movie comedy “Ein schrecklich reiches Paar”.
Currently Neelesha works as a commissioned director of TV movies and TV shows and continues to develop her own cinema and TV movie projects. Neelesha lives with her family in Berlin.
From 1995 to 2008 Neelesha worked under her stage name Neelesha BaVora as an actress, amongst other things as the main role in “Samsara” (2001) and “Everyday Life” (2002).
FILMOGRAPHY _ Selection
2018 A TERRIBLY RICH COUPLE
TV Movie, Wiedemann & Berg Television GmbH, ARD Degeto
2017 SOKO KÖLN
TV Show, Network Movie Filmproduktion GmbH, ZDF
2016 / 17 NOTRUF HAFENKANTE
TV Show, Letterbox Filmproduktion GmbH ZDF
2016 A TERRIBLE RICH COUPLE PAARFernsehfilm, Hager Moss Filmproduktion ZDF
2014 MARRY ME! (Book & Director)
Cinema – Wüste Film Ost
ZDF Kleines Fernsehspiel & Arte
2011 TAKE OFF (Director, Cut)
2008 24h BERLIN
Dokumentarfilm, Zero Ona Film, RBB
2007 TWO INTO THREE (Book & Director)
TV Movie, RBB & HFF „Konrad Wolf“
2005 JOY´S JOY (Book & Director)
Kurzfilm, HFF „Konrad Wolf“
2003 MR. STREET (Book & Director)
Kurzdoku, HFF „Konrad Wolf“
2003 LINGAM & YONI (Book & Director)
Shortfilm, HFF „Konrad Wolf“
01/02 FIFTY FIFTY (Book & Director)
Documentary, Media Content Factory ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel
2001 BLING BLING Documentary, TroubleShooting Films & Veit Helmer Filmproduktion; Co-Regie: Heike Woosey, Janna Ji Wonders
99/00 EN WHY? SEE!Dokumentarfilm, TroubleShooting Films; Co-Regie: Ina Géraldine, Heike Woosey