Premendra Mazumder is a film -critic, -author, -curator, -consultant, -society-activist, -festival-organizer and -festival-advisor. He works for the International Critics' Week Cannes, and for the Cairo International Film Critics Week; and presented the Celebration Ceremony of 100 Years of Indian Cinema in Croatia. He has written for innumerous international film magazines, and has authored a chapter for the 'Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. He was the former secretary of FFSI and the Asian Chapter of the International Federation of Film Societies (IFFS). And is presently the secretary of FIPRESCI-India.
Deepa Gahlot is a National Award winning film critic, theatre critic, book author, and scriptwriter. She has written several books on cinema, including the biographies of Shammi Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan; translated plays (by Manav Kaul and Paresh Mokashi) into English; and adapted Paulo Coelho's novel The Alchemist for the stage. Additionally, she has written-directed a few documentary films and radio shows, and has edited the journals of NFDC and WICA. She is presently the head of programming (theatre & film) at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
Madhu Eravankara is a film -maker, -scholar, and –critic, and former HoD of Film Studies at Malayalam University. He is a recipient of the President’s Gold Medal, the National Film Award, two State Film Awards, the Film Critics Award, the State Television Award, the International Documentary Film Award, the Greens Award for Environmental films, and the Kozhikodan Award for Best Book on Cinema. He is a member of the Malayalam Cine Technicians Association (MACTA), the founder president of the Documentary & Short Film Producers Association of Kerala (DOSPAK), and a former secretary of FIPRESCI-India.
Amit Khanna is a triple National-Award-winning film lyricist-producer. A core member of Dev Anand's production house, he has served as the executive producer of seven Hindi movies under its banner in the 70s and 80s. As a lyricist he has penned over 400 songs. He has co-authored several books including Encyclopædia Britannica’s Encyclopedia of Bollywood, and is now documenting the History of Indian Media & Entertainment. He has been named by ‘Time’, ‘Newsweek’, ‘Hollywood Reporter’, and ‘Variety’ as one of the global leaders of TV and film, and is credited with coining the term “Bollywood”.
Dalton L is a film critic /essayist. He has served on the music jury of Mahatma Gandhi University as well as a few film juries; and is on the advisory board of two international film festivals. He’s the editor-publisher of Cinematic Illusions, and is presently writing a book on film grammar. He is also a prolific cameraman with around a decade of experience as a documenter of reality, and has as much experience as a film production person. He regularly screens good cinema, and encourages upcoming filmmakers. He is presently setting up a film studio, House of Illusions, and shooting five cinematic essays.
Saibal Chatterjee is a National Award winning film critic, author of a book on Gulzar, co-editor of a book on films, and a documentary scriptwriter. He was a staff writer of The Telegraph, The Times of India, and Outlook; the editor of TV World; a consultant to Zee Premiere, and a key member of the editorial board of Encyclopaedia Brittanica’s Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. On the film front, he has served on the jury of a variety of international film festivals, and is the festival director of the Pondicherry International Film Festival.
Anil Zankar is a recipient of two national awards, one for a film script and the other for a book on cinema. An alumnus of FTII-Pune, he has made 21 short films on social issues and institutions, biopics and corporate themes, and is a film historian with 35 years of experience in film making, teaching and writing. His most recent publication is Mughal-e-Azam (Harper Collins). He was editor of a magazine, ‘Lights Camera Action’ published in collaboration with BFI, UK. And has contributed to various academic journals, the Routledge Handbook Of Indian Cinema, and the Encyclopedia of Hindi Cinema (Britannica).
Ratnottama Sengupta, daughter of legendary scriptwriter Nabendu Ghosh, is the former arts editor of the Times of India. She’s also a film festival -curator/-panelist /-organiser; documentary filmmaker; and the author and editor of several books on cinema and film personalities. She has served on CBBF; the NFDC Script Committee; and the National Film Awards, IFFI, and various other notable international film juries. And is a recipient of the National Film Award for Best Writing on Cinema.
Manoj Barpujari is a National-Award-winning film critic. He writes for Frontline, The Assam Tribune, The Eastern Chronicle, and various Assamese publications. And has served on the jury of the All Lights India International Film Festival (ALIIFF), the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), the Kolkatta International Film Festival (KIFF); the film festivals of Almaty, Busan, Prag, Dhaka, Siliguri, and Guwahati; the Assam State Film Awards; and the National Film Awards.
Apurba Sarma is a National Award-winning film critic (Swarna Kamal for Best Book on Cinema; 2002); Sahitya Akademi winning author (for Creative Literature in Assamese; 2002); and recipient of the Assam Valley Literary Award (for Creative Literature; 2015). He was the former editor of Ajir Asom, an Assamese daily published by The Sentinel Group. He is presently the founder-president of Xahitya Mancha Asom, a Guwahati-based society of writers and fans of Assamese literature, and a member of the Film Critics Circle of India. He served twice (2005 and 2007) on the jury of the National Film Award.
Utpal Datta is a National-Award-winning Assamese film critic, author/editor/translator, and Assam State-Award-winning filmmaker. He has also been honored with the ‘RAPA for Radio Production’, the ‘Moonlight Media Award for Cultural Journalism’, the ‘Jyotirupa Media Award for Film Criticism’ and the ‘Laadli Media Award for Radio Production’. Additionally, he has served as a jury member for the ‘ERA Excellence in Radio Award’ and the ‘Assam State Film Award’. He is presently the assistant director of AIR-Guwahatit, and the festival director of the Chalachitra National Film Festival.
Bikas Mishra is an award-winning filmmaker, and film journlist. His debut feature ‘Chauranga’ won the NFDC Incredible India Award in addition to awards at the MAMI and IFFLA. His short film ‘Dance of Ganesha had its world premiere at the 16th Busan International Film Festival, and its European premiere at the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam. He is a recipient of the prestigious Hubert Bals Fund for script development. He is also the publisher of the (now-ceased) online film publication, Dear Cinema. And in 2012, he was invited on the Visionary Jury of Critics Week of the Cannes Film Festival.
Devdutt Trivedi lectures on classical film theory at École intuit.lab; and on art history, history of graphic design, and cinema studies, at other institutes. He reviews films for Scroll. And is a film programmer at Osianama. He has trained in art and film criticism approached through philosophy, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he did his Master of Arts. His thesis, 'Chhand, Cinema and the Theories of Gilles Deleuze', examines the films of Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard and Mani Kaul, and is indicative of his interest in combining philosophical concepts with film praxis.
Anirban Lahiri is a film critic and cinematography teacher. A cinematography product of LV Prasad, he was for a while the executive editor of Film Perspectives. He has taught cinematography for years at a variety of top institutes, including Digital Film Academy. He is presently the cinematography faculty at Mumbai University.
Rashmi Doraiswamy is a National Film Award winning film critic, and author/editor/translator of several books on cinema. She received her M. Phil from the Centre for Russian Studies, JNU, for her dissertation, ‘A Critique of Mikhail Bakhtin’s Theory of Literature in the Context of Contemporary Theories of Literature and the Formalist School of the 20s’. She is currently Professor (Central Asia) at the Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Tadjik Filmmakers’ Union for the active promotion of Tadjik cinema.
Tanul Thakur is a National Award wining film critic, and a recipient of the Mumbai Press Club Award for Best Lifestyle and Entertainment Story. He was one of the editors of (the now-ceased) online film publication, Passion For Cinema, “responsible for scrutinizing and selecting write-ups by cinema enthusiasts all over the world to be published on the site, and offering tips to budding authors on improving their writing style”. His film reviews /writings on cinema have appeared in a variety of publications ranging from Yahoo! India, Man’s World, and GQ to First Post and The Wire.
MK Raghavendra is a Bengaluru-based film/literary scholar, theorist, critic and writer who had, till 2016, authored six volumes on cinema, and contributed to numerous newspapers and periodicals in India and outside. He received the Swarna Kamal, the National Award for Best Film Critic in 1997. He is the co-founder of the film journal ‘Deep Focus’; the founder-editor of ‘Phalanx’, an online journal dedicated to debate; and a member of both FCCI and FIPRESCI. He has been a member of the jury for various international film festivals as well as for the Indian Panorama (twice) by the government of India.