Akanksha was born and raised in India. She began her focus on cinematography while completing her BA in Film and TV Production in Pune. After graduation, she started as a Camera PA in regional television and then began freelancing as an editor and cinematographer for corporate films and documentary projects. She worked at a Bangalore based boutique production house, mainly in the corporate film sphere, at the intersection of tech and retail. She is now focused on returning to narrative filmmaking and is currently based in Los Angeles, working on her MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute. In 2020, she was recognised as an emerging filmmaker by BAFTA to take part in their Newcomer Program.