Surya Iyer received her MFA in Film Production from SDSU in Spring 2020. Her thesis film, Namak, reveals the fraught relationships among different strata of Indian society. The film is set in 1930 during a massive protest led by Mahatma Gandhi against the British salt tax. When the protesters, who are allied with one another against British rule, are arrested and detained, deep divisions in the Indian community come to the surface. Since graduation, Surya has returned to India and is starting the festival run of Namak soon. She is also working on developing her next project, which includes founding a new production house.