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Roshni Sengupta (Guest-Editor) is lecturer at Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University. She can be reached at:                              

Murtaza Ali Khan is an independent film critic based out of Delhi. He runs a movie site called A Potpourri of Vestiges, which has been repeatedly acknowledged as a top-rated movie blog by leading blogging networks in India such as BlogAdda, Indian Top Blogs, Baggout, etc. Murtaza is also a regular contributor to various reputed sites such as The Huffington Post, Jamurra Blog, and Desimartini (wherein he is credited as a Movie Jockey). He also writes for Wittyfeed.

Meher Ali recently graduated from Brown University, where she studied history. She is also interested in South Asian politics, culture, and film, and is currently conducting research in India as a US Fulbright scholar.

Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai is an associate professor in the Departments of English, and Media and Information at Michigan State University. His recent documentaries include Migrations of Islam (2014), and Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (2015) and books, Cinema: Sattagamum Saalaramum (Nizhal, 2013), and Madras Studios: Narrative, Genre, and Ideology in Tamil Cinema (Sage Publications, 2015).

Sania Hashmi is an MPhil Research Scholar at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Hemaadri Singh Rana is pursuing MPhil in Political Studies from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She can be reached at

Pritha Mahanti and Shreya Bhowmik are pursuing MA in English from Presidency University, Kolkata.

Riti Agarwala is a post-graduate from Presidency University, Kolkata.

Elsa Mathews holds a Master’s degree in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies from Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France and University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Before joining academics, Aasita Bali was working as Documentary film-maker with DECU-ISRO. She has published research articles in various journals and is part of the editorial board for international journals. Her area of interest and research includes Indian cinema, Gender Studies, Advertising, Pedagogy in Higher Education and Digital Media. 

Aditya Krishnan is a Research Scholar at Christ University, Bangalore and is an ardent fan of Indian cricket team. His favorite Indian cricketer is M. S. Dhoni. Besides, he is also a movie buff of Bollywood films and trained Carnatic musician.

Chandni Sengupta is Assistant Professor of History at the Amity School of Liberal Arts, Amity University Gurgaon, India. She can be reached at

Supurna Dasgupta is currently a doctoral student of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, and has completed her BA, MA and MPhil in English Literature from the University of Delhi. She can be reached at

Archisman Chaudhuri is a PhD researcher at the Leiden University Institute for History, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Julia Szivák is research assistant at the Modern East Asia Research Group at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. She can be reached at

Nadira Khatun obtained her PhD in 2016 from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Her research interests include Muslim identity, Indian cinema and media representation.

Payel Pal is Assistant Professor of English, Amity School of Liberal Arts, Amity University Gurgaon. She can be reached at

Srobana Bhattacharya is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia Southern University’s Department of Political Science and International Studies and can be reached at

Photo: Lagaan (2001)


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