Centre for Critical Media Praxis,
School of Media and Cultural Studies
M.A. (Arts & Aesthetics), JNU,
M.Phil. (Cinema Studies),
PGDMC (Journalism), SIMC, Pune,
I earned my PhD in Cinema Studies from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi and my doctoral research analyses and charts the journey of alternative films in India from their aesthetics to infrastructures of production, distribution and exhibition from 2007-2019.
I have previously worked in the Films team at LXL Ideas (Mumbai) on nineteen short-fiction films for children including three National Award winning films (Best Friends Forever, The Waterfall, Little Magician), Researcher for the Centre for Indian Visual Culture (New Delhi), Osian's Cinefan Film Festival (New Delhi), Assistant Producer with CNBC-TV18 (Mumbai) and Senior Correspondent with CNN-IBN (New Delhi).
Alternative Cinemas, Art Cinemas, Independent Cinemas, Cinephilia, Film Festivals, Media Industries, Transnationalism, Visual Cultures, Gender and Cinema, Migration and Diaspora
'Nowhere to Belong: Migration Narratives in Eeb Allay Oo! (2019) and Gamak Ghar (2019)’ in Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Vol 14, No 1, December 2022, 3-17, Intellect Books
'Women Producing Cinema: Guneet Monga and the Rise of the Independent Global Producer' in Women in Contemporary Indian Films & Media: Representations and Responses, Aysha Iqbal Vishwamohan (Ed), Routledge (forthcoming)
'Remoulding the Alternative: Style and Aesthetics of Contemporary Alternative Indian Cinemas' in South Asia in Alternative Cinema(s), Vivek Sachdeva, Chandrakant Langare, Hariprasad Athanickal (Eds.), Routledge (forthcoming)
Review of Modernism by Other Means: The Films of Amit Dutta, by Srikanth Srinivasan in Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Vol 13, No 1, pp 59-62, Intellect Books, 2022
“Lights, Camera, and Time for Action”: Recasting Gender Equality Compliant Hindi Cinema (2021-23)
Funded by: U.S Consulate, Mumbai
Sub project: Scripting Change
This qualitative research project engages with the role of women screenwriters in the Hindi Film industry. The screenplay writer imagines the film, before anyone else in a film production. Within the contemporary period, Hindi cinema has witnessed several women screenplay writers emerge telling stories with a renewed focus on questions of gender roles in society. The study will engage with their craft and process of writing as well as their position within a largely male dominated industry and the pressures they face therein regarding conformity.