Designed by Preeti is a romantic drama that follows the journey of Preeti Kumar. Stuck in an abusive arranged marriage, Preeti finally has the courage to leave her husband. 

In order to support herself and her daughter, she does what she knows best: designing and sewing clothes. Will she be able to make ends meet? 

Never having experienced true love, when she is attracted to another man, she has to figure out if it’s real. Can she handle the judgment of her community, or will she return to her abuser?



Born and raised amidst the vibrant tapestry of Lucknow, India, I have brought stories to life since a young age, starting with radio plays and theater. Over the years, this passion has led me to the silver screen, where I continue to breathe life into characters on film and television. You may have seen me in movies such as The Avengers, India Sweets and Spices, and TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Atypical, and Never Have I Ever, to name a few.

I have written and produced several short films with a focus on narratives that advocate social change. I aspire to inspire and move audiences to participate in shaping a better world. 

Director’s Statement

There is opulence to Preeti’s world. A well-to-do husband, expensive jewelry, and lavish parties. But underneath all that beauty, there is rot. Preeti’s husband hurts her. And she has been too afraid to do anything about it because leaving would make her a pariah in her community.

In some ways, this is a coming-of-age Romantic Dramedy about a middle-aged woman finding herself and her true passion. But there is darkness, too. The film will bring elements from the romcom genre, as well as character-driven study.

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Our Team

Rashmi Rustagi

Rashmi Rustagi

Executive Producer, Writer

Arati Misro

Arati Misro


Lokesh Babu Akula

Lokesh Babu Akula



Independent film is a change agent for advocacy, empowerment, and community. By creating stories that represent real-world issues and underrepresented narratives, storytelling can illuminate and alleviate at the same time.

“Designed by Preeti” is a film that centers around a South Asian Woman’s own heroic journey of standing up to social stigmas, Domestic Violence, and recognizing her personal strength. The story unfolds through a South Asian immigrant lens but is very universal to any Woman who has triumphantly left a toxic…

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