A prolific filmmaker and idea generator, Mubina Rattonsey is a hybrid creative force and savvy producer. She has been a close friend to Priyanka Chopra. Her work is innovative. As a creator, Mubina chooses to forge her own path through Hollywood and into theaters, to the delight of audiences seeking fresh, original content with a unique and empowered voice behind it.
Mubina is always thinking outside the box – juggling creative projects while incubating ideas that others in the industry won’t dare to explore. Creativity and storytelling are the heart and soul of Hollywood and the global entertainment industry. They always have been – and always will be. Mubina embraces this fact and, under this mantra, runs her own thriving, independent film production company, Zero Gravity Motion Pictures, which she launched recently.
“I find a compelling need to move and challenge audiences, make them aware, to tell these stories across the globe.”
Validation of Mubina’s savvy acumen and bold creative vision can be witnessed in her securing a US$100 million investment to develop and produce film and television content under the Los Angeles-based parent company Zero Gravity Partners, allowing her and her co-owners Rohini Singh, Manmeet Singh and Armaan Zorace to cultivate a formidable slate that includes the first-of-its-kind horror film “Wraith” to be directed by Zorace. Hitting floors later this year, “Wraith” is set in an Islamic nation and will feature a live Muslim exorcism. Other upcoming projects currently underway at Zero Gravity Partners include: “Gamma Man,” a super-hero film about a teenager who acquires supernatural powers when he is exposed to a meteor shower; and “The Aryan Papers,” an epic war-drama about a Polish musician who embarks on a journey in search of her fiancee during WWII, amongst several others in the pipeline. Across a wide range of genres and budget scales, Zero Gravity Partners aims to deliver up to three films per year.
As the first female Indian producer to produce a mainstream horror film, Mubina says, “I didn’t want to take the safe path. You need to put your vulnerable self forward. It’s very attractive to meet people who do things that speak to you. I think you’ve just got to be fair, let the movie be the star and get the glory. At Zero Gravity Partners, it is our goal to empower a tribe of fearless filmmakers, actively pursuing their creative voice and telling stories that come from an inner being; and those are hard to find.
With an interesting slate of work, Rattonsey aims to focus on bringing alive the local flavours of individualistic ethnicities. As a woman at the helm of things, she is also constantly striving to strike a gender-balanced nuance in her stories where women assume powerful positions and steadfastly triggering change, mirroring the changes around.
In this time and age of growing diversity across fields, Being an Indian woman, Mubina is leading the way by consciously pushing for stories that are off the mainstream narrative to bring ahead the voice of the fringes and into Hollywood.
Her credits include “Before the Rains,” “Kaminey,” “Tahaan — A Boy with a Grenade,” and “Prarambha” — a short film for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.