Nisha Pahuja was born in New Delhi, India, and grew up in Toronto. She started off as a researcher for some of Canada's brightest documentary talents, including John Walker and Ali Kazimi. She co-wrote and directed Diamond Road, a three part series on the global diamond trade for ZDF/Arte, TVO, Discovery Times and History Television. Diamond Road received the 2008 Gemini award for best documentary series. Pahuja's Bollywood Bound, about a quartet of Indo-Canadians who travel to India to make it big in Bollywood, screened at numerous film festivals and was widely telecast around the world. It was the closing night film at Hot Docs 2001 and was nominated for a Gemini in 2002. The multi-award winning The World Before Her is her third film. It was selected as the opening night documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and has since been selected by more than 100 festivals worldwide.