B.Sc. in the early 1980s, University of Bombay.
Went into political journalism after college; began writing on film.
Active member of the editorial collective of the Journal of Arts and Ideas and a regular contributor to Framework and Sight & Sound.
Senior Research Fellowship from the Indian Council
of Social Science Research (1989-91).
Author of Ritwik
A Return to the Epic
(Screen Unit, 1982); editor, with Paul Willemen, Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (British
Film Institute and OUP, 1994); editor, The
Sad and Glad of Kishore Kumar (Research Centre for Cinema
Studies, 1988); editor, with Amrit Gangar, Ghatak : Arguments/Stories (Screen Unit/Research
Centre for Cinema Studies, 1987); editor, with Marco Muller, L'Avventurose
Storie del Cinema Indiano (2 vols., in Italian) (Mostra
Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema, 1985); editor, with Rani Burra,
Looking Back, 1896-1960 (Directorate of Film Festivals/Film India
Retrospective of Indian Cinema, 1981). Currently coordinating the
Media Archive of CSCS, and working on a collection of essays titled
Has published widely on cinema and contemporary
art, and presented papers on these topics in conferences across the world. Has taught film
studies at the University of Iowa, The Korean National University of Arts, Seoul, Birkbeck
College/British Film Institute, Jadavpur University, University of Bombay, and the
National Film Archive of India/Film and Television Institute of India.
Jury member, National Film
Awards (Feature Films), New Delhi, 1995; and Selection Committee
Member, First Festival of Short and Documentary Films, Bombay, 1990.
in the early 1980s.
Co-curator (with Geeta Kapur)
of the exhibition Bombay/Mumbai 1992-2001,
part of Century City: Art and Culture in
the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London, 2001.
E-Mail address : email@example.com
Home Page Materials
Links to my essays in
the Journal of Arts & Ideas:
1. On Godard
(no. 2: Jan-Mar 1983) Link
2. Gandhiana and Gandhiology
( no. 3: April-June 1983) Link
3. Of More Than A Certain Tendency In The Indian Cinema
(no. 5: Oct-Dec 1983) Link
4. Latin American Cinema: Political Cinema
(no. 10-11: Jan-June 1985) Link
5. The Phalke Era: Conflict of Traditional Form and Modern Technology
(no. 14-15: July-Dec 1987) Link
6. Living The Tradition
(no. 16: Jan-Mar 1988) Link
7. Beaming Messages to the Nation
(no. 19: May 1990) Link
8. Satyajit Ray, Ray's Films and Ray-movie
(no. 23-24: Jan 1993) Link
9. The Epic Melodrama: Themes of Nationality in Indian Cinema
(no. 25-26: Dec 1993) Link
10. 'The Judgement': Re-forming the Public
(no. 32-33: April 1999) Link
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