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Ananya Das (1 Post)

Ananya Das was a student of Mass Communication & Videography in St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. A Bangladeshi national, Ananya had directed two short films Alaap and Pun Intended and writes extensively on cinema.

Dr Seemin Hasan (1 Post)

Dr Seemin Hasan is a Reader in the Department of English, AMU, Aligarh. She has been teaching literature and language courses for over twenty-five years. She earned a PhD on John Keats. She is the author of two books and numerous articles and papers that have appeared in national and international journals. She also writes poetry and short stories. Her current areas of interest are feminism, postcolonial studies, translation and cultural studies.

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury (4 Posts)

Maitreyee B Chowdhury is a web columnist, poet and creative writer. She is author of three books 'Reflections on My India', 'Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen: Bengali Cinema's First Couple' and 'Where Even The Present Is Ancient: Benaras'. She writes on cinema and art too. Maitreyee writes for Criterion Literary Journal; a journal of media studies 'Kottaka'; Indian Express (Bay Area); Indian Ruminations; YOMO Art Gallery (South East Asian Art House); Gallery 2000 (French Art House); The Sip of Life, etc.

Prerita Sen (1 Post)

Prerita Sen studies English literature in Jadavpur University and writes on cinema. Her interest in particular is on the films of Ingmar Bergman.

Ronin (3 Posts)

A writer, poet, graphic designer, harmonica player, Ronin is an artist who loves to do whatever he does. He likes fiction and fantasy genre and is a huge fan of Van Gogh, comic book legend Stan Lee, Munshi Premchand, and Dan Brown to name a few. Ronin loves listening to old rock songs; Pink Floyd and Guns N' Roses are his all time favorite. Ronin also goes by the name of Shubhang Saurav in the mortal world, which is his birth as well as socially accepted name.

S Vishwanath (3 Posts)

S Vishwanath is a Senior Film Critic and journalist with over 30 years in the field and is a regular jury in several film festivals in India and abroad. A Post Graduate in English Literature & MS in Communication with Film Studies as Special Subject, he is associated with the Bengaluru International Film Festival as Deputy Artistic Director curating the World Cinema Section since its eight edition. He is also the curator for the Bengaluru International Short Film Festival and Rolling Frames Short, Animation & Documentary Film Festival. An active film society member, he extensively writes on the film sector covering various aspects of the film industry both at National and State level and covers South Indian films reviewing and critiquing — Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, as also Hindi (Bollywood) and English language cinema.

Samraghni Bonnerjee (1 Post)

Samraghini Bonnerjee passed her MA in English Literature from the University of Calcutta in 2011 and is currently an Oberstufe student of German at the Goethe Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata. She is also a trained Rabindra sangeet singer. She is a voracious reader, an intrepid traveler, and an avid watcher of movies. When she is doing neither of these, or writing academic papers, she hopes she would have made her debut as an actress in a Truffaut or a Fellini or a Fassbinder. Since that cannot happen anymore, she wishes to write on literature and cinema.

Sananda Chatterji (1 Post)

Sananda Chatterji, born in Kolkata, raised in New Delhi and settled in NZ since 2003 with family. She studied Film/TV/Media Studies and Marketing at University of Auckland, NZ. Her interests vary from lazing in front of the tele to theatre production.

Sandipan Roy Chowdhury (1 Post)

Sandipan Roy Chowdhury stays in Kolkata and works in an Indian IT organisation. His biggest passions are listening to music and watching movies. Sandipan tries to observe the universe, and imbibe the knowledge and the art from the surroundings to apply into whatever he writes or draws or even says.

Sangeeta Gupta (0 Post)

The eldest child and only daughter of legendary music composer Madan Mohan, Sangeeta Gupta grew up in a household filled with music and innovation. Although not formally trained in music, Sangeeta learned to appreciate good music created by all the legendary composers and stalwarts right through her childhood. She worked with Davar's College of Commerce in Mumbai, Eve's Weekly Ltd and Stardust and moved to Jaipur after her marriage. Married to a businessman who is also very fond of music, Sangeeta has two daughters who appreciate and love vintage music as well as new music. Sangeeta shares the master composer's rare and popular songs, vintage pictures and anecdotes behind the making of those everlasting songs on her Facebook which commands a huge fan following. The Madan Mohan family also maintains the popular Madan Mohan Facebook Page which is a treasure trove for music lovers. Sangeeta's memoir of her illustrious father has been published in the official Madan Mohan website

Santosh Bakaya (1 Post)

Dr Santosh Bakaya is the author of three mystery novels for young adults, and a book of essays titled Flights From My Terrace, which was recently published as an e-book on Smashwords. Her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Ballad Of Bapu has been published by Vitasta Publishers, Delhi, India in May 2015 and has been receiving rave reviews from everywhere. Although a Political theorist, with a doctorate in political theory, it is literature which has been her first love. She was awarded the Reuel international award for language and literature 2014 for her long poem Oh Hark!, which forms part of the Significant Anthology. Many of her poems have figured in the highly commended category in Destiny Poets, a UK based website and many are part of international anthologies. Right now, she is giving the final touches to her satirical novel, tentatively titled Sanakpur Shenanigans.

Saraswathy K Bhattathiri (2 Posts)

Saraswathy is an art historian, art writer and a pedagogue, involved in writing academic and popular formats of writing about visual culture since last half a decade. Her concerns involve interdisciplinary and interventional abilities of static and mobile visuals in and around us. She holds a Bachelors degree in painting and a Masters in Art History and teaches in the department of art history at the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. She is also a trained classical dancer and painter.

Sarbasree Bandyopadhyay (1 Post)

Sarbasree Bandyopadhyay teaches History in a college in West Midnapore, West Bengal and researches on women studies. Her area of interest is in films and their influence on women.

Sathya Saran (4 Posts)

Currently Consulting Editor with HarperCollins Publishers India Pvt Ltd, Sathya Saran's books include Ten Years with Guru Dutt Abrat Alvi's Journey, Sun Mere Bandhu Re The Musical World of SD Burman, a collection of short stories titled The Dark Side and From Me to You, a selection of Editorials written during her term as Editor of Femina magazine, and later of Me magazine. Her latest book Baat Niklegi to Phir is due for release in July 2015.

Saumya Baijal (5 Posts)

Saumya Baijal, is a Delhi based writer, poet and co-founder of the activist theatre group Aatish. She has been writing on films for many years, and is particularly enamoured by the films of the 1950s and 1960s in Commercial Hindi Cinema. Her writings have been published in The Equator Line, Writer's Asylum and Jankipul amongst others. She also trains in and performs Kathak, and her Hindi poetries have seen choreographies based on them. She can be read on . She has been working in advertising for 9 years.

Saurabh Turakhia (0 Post)

I am Saurabh Turakhia, a 39 year young passionate portrait artist. I work full-time as a writer and am passionate about writing short stories and painting. I paint in my free-time and on weekends. I believe in the power of predictable stories of good over evil that can inspire and provide hope to a child in the slums or a labourer who is challenged. My short stories blog is Always Open Pen and art blog is Heart At Art, which has a collection of over 350 portraits. There has been good recognition of my paintings from celebrities themselves. The collection has portraits of every major star from Raj Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor, Nutan to Kajol, Geeta Bali to Vidya Balan, Pran Saab to Amrish Puri.

Sayam Ghosh (2 Posts)

Sayam Ghosh works in software industry for a living; likes spending his spare time reading, playing sarod, watching films, travelling and (occasionally ) cooking.

Sayantan Mukherjee (2 Posts)

Sayantan Mukherjee is a student of film studies and works as a video editor with documentary filmmakers. He is a part of the NGO Bichitra Pathshala and pens down abstract excerpts of his mind in his blog ‘Advent Arcane Genesis’.

Selvaggia Velo (0 Post)

Selvaggia Velo has studied at the University of Bologna, and achieved her Master Degree in Humanities, Department of Art, Cinema, Music and Theater. In 2001 she founds and directs in Florence,Italy, the first film festival in the world totally devoted to Indian cinema and films about India, River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival ( Selvaggia has been a member of a few International Juries: at the 10th International Film Festival of Mumbai in Mumbai, India, in March 2008; at the 7th Bollywood and Beyond Film Festival in Stuttgard, Germany,in July 2008; at the 9th Pune International Film Festival in Pune, India, in January 2011.

Serena Formica (1 Post)

Serena Formica's doctoral thesis dealt with Australian director Peter Weir as case-study of the migration to Hollywood of a contemporary filmmaker within the context of transnationalism. Serena’s other research interests are Italian Neorealism and Australian National cinema.

Shakun Narang (2 Posts)

Shakun Narang is passionate about people, dancing, music, kids and their safety rights, traveling and city exploring. She is a perpetual dreamer and dream-chaser, a friend for life and companion for all conversations and part time Agony Aunt. A moviebuff and bookworm herself she is actively working on her Facebook communities Moviemaniacs and Bookoholics to be that happy place where people bursting with views and reviews around movies and books can meet and mingle with like minded people.

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri (4 Posts)

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri is an editor with India's leading publishing house. He pioneered the publishing of books of cinema in India and books commissioned by him have won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema and the MAMI Award for Best Writing on Cinema. He has worked with leading Indian authors like Manu Joseph, Raj Kamal Jha, Arun Shourie, Gulzar and many others. He won the Editor of the Year Award, given by the apex publishing body Publishing Next, in 2017.

Sharmila Maiti (1 Post)

Sharmila Maiti is a film journalist and an amateur cartoonist. 'Bharati Devi: A Beautiful Heart' is her debut documentary film which has been screened in Kolkata film festival, Assam film festival and International Women’s film festival. She has worked in several media houses across the country.

Sheikha A (0 Post)

Sheikha A. hails from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. She has authored a short poetry e-book titled Spaced (Hammer and Anvil Books, 2013). With work published in over 40 literary magazines such as Red Fez, A New Ulster, Mad Swirl, Pyrokinection, Ygdrasil, Carcinogenic Poetry, Sunlit, The Bactrian Room, Danse Macabre du Jour to name a few, and several anthologies, she continues to seek a wider audience in order to be read and discussed with viable frequency. She edits poetry for eFiction India.

Shikhar Verma (1 Post)

Shikhar Verma is a Movie Critic at JAM Magazine. Lives, eats and smokes Movies. Blogs at God's Unwanted Children

Shiladitya Sarkar (1 Post)

Shiladitya Sarkar is a painter and writer based in Mumbai. He has exhibited in UK, USA, Hongkong, West Indies, Singapore and in various parts of India. He has written two books: Thirst of a minstrel and Abstract Reality. He writes on Art and Culture in various magazines including Art India.

Shirish Waghmode (1 Post)

Shirish Waghmode is a member of the family that ran the music store, Maharashtra Watch & Gramophone Co, Dadar(W), Mumbai for a record 91 years! From 78 RPM to EPs and then to LPs and then from cassettes to CDs & DVDs, they have been witness to every milestone that technology wrought. Shirish is passionate about Marathi, Hindi and English music in equal measure and has been a public speaking coach and a compere (two shows of Jagjit Singh being the crowning glory). He enjoys writing about music.

Shoma A Chatterji (51 Posts)

Dr. Shoma A Chatterji is a freelance journalist, film scholar and author based in Kolkata. Her focus of interest lies in Indian cinema, human rights, media, gender and child rights. She has authored 24 books mainly on Indian cinema and on gender and has been jury at several film festivals in India and abroad. She has won two National Awards - for Best Film Critic in 1991 and for Best Book on cinema in 2002. She has also won four fellowships over the past 10 years.

Shruti Nagpal (1 Post)

Shruti Nagpal is a Gold Medalist at both graduate and post graduate programmes in mass communication from two reputed universities of India. She is currently working as a Lecturer (TV and Video Production) at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. A member of the curriculum committee of Mass Communication of National Institute of Open Schooling, Ministry of HRD, Shruti is a media trainer and conducts workshops on documentary practices at various colleges in Delhi. As a director, her film ‘On the Verge’ commissioned by Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) on the changing landscape of Delhi is well acclaimed all over. She is also a member of the screening committee of Mumbai International Children’s Film Festival.

Shubham Roy Choudhury (1 Post)

Shubham Roy Choudhury is a Project Fellow at Multimedia Stories project, School of Media, Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University. He is doing his PhD on transition of film sound from analog to digital technology in Hindi cinema from Dept of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. He works on film sound and new media.

Shweta Kulkarni (1 Post)

Shweta Kulkarni is a dreamer, wanderer, and writer who is captivated by the fascinating world of cinema. She has been passionately writing about films and celebrities for over a decade and often indulges in some travel and lifestyle writing too.

Silhouette Magazine Bureau (10 Posts)

Silhouette Magazine is a platform for gathering myriad views on film (and allied art forms) and to continue with the flux of discourse. The Silhouette publications are our attempt to achieve this goal.

Silhouette Recommends (8 Posts)

Silhouette Film Society, formed in 2001 was a group of eventless youth who clubbed together in the placid afternoons of leisurely Calcutta Saturdays. They discussed cinema, argued with their PoVs, fought vociferously and loved the conundrum. Members joined and lost, to corporate bandwagons, to film schools and yet Silhouette sailed through with private film shows and an enviable magazine -  Silhouette to be proud of. Over time the print edition made way for a web magazine as the scope of the magazine expanded, members became busy, film shows were rare and confined to occasional festival meetings. Came 2018 the old musketeers regrouped again since they allowed enough nonsense with themselves. This film-viewing group of new friends and old sinners now plan to watch films regularly and write reports on them. The choice is deliberately arbitrary - an award winning film, an unexplored genius, a neo-avantgarde cacophony and what not. Masters will be exempted for greener pastures. Literally. The intention is not to shell out a film review in its typical gamut, rather this will be less formal and more personal. Silhouette recommends with ratings - so sit on the edge and enjoy the bang.

Sitabhra Sinha (1 Post)

Sitabhra Sinha is a faculty member of the Theoretical Physics group in the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai. He is interested in film as a medium for exploring social perceptions of reality. He can be contacted via

Smita Banerjee (1 Post)

Dr Smita Banerjee is a Cinema Studies scholar and teaches English at DCAC,Delhi University. Her areas of interest are post-colonial studies, popular cinema and star studies. She has worked on Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar for her doctoral thesis.

SMM Ausaja (6 Posts)

Film historian, author and archivist of vintage film memorabilia SMM Ausaja is Senior Vice President - Content at Fantico, the first Indian NFT platform. Based in Mumbai, Ausaja has collected, preserved, archived and restored a phenomenal collection of posters, movie stills, song synopsis booklets, lobby cards, glass slides, post cards, LP records and other film memorabilia over the last three decades. He is the author of Bollywood in Posters and has co-authored Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars! He can be contacted on [email protected]

Sneha Samaddar (1 Post)

Sneha Samaddar is a film studies student doing her MA in English and Communication. She is also a professional dancer and hence belongs to the realm of interactive and communicative art form and also connects to them. Watching films is just not a pass time for her but she studies films and cinema in a wider aspect.

Sneha Subramanian Kanta (1 Post)

Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a poet, writer, critic and works as a Visiting Faculty in various colleges across Mumbai. A postgraduate in English Literature; her areas of interest are poetry, literary criticism and postcolonial literature. Her debut book named 'Whispering Paths' is a compilation of poems and short fiction.

Somdatta Mandal (1 Post)

Somdatta Mandal is Professor of English at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. Her areas of interest are American Studies, Contemporary Fiction, Film and Culture studies, Diaspora studies and Translation. A recipient of several international fellowships and awards, she has several national and international publications to her credit.

Sounak Gupta (4 Posts)

Sounak Gupta, Assistant Editor,, is a regular blogger and writes on various websites. His writings (in English and Bengali) as an amateur author have also been published in magazines and news dailies in India and abroad. He has co-authored a chapter on Hemant Kumar's Bengali music in the acclaimed book The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar, written by Manek Premchand. An MA in Bengali Literature, Sounak is currently doing his Masters in Education. Sounak takes keen interest in music. One of his passions is the collection and archiving of Indian Music on Gramophone Records. His YouTube channels GeetaDuttDevotee and Sounak93 are great storehouses of rare and peerless music.

Spandan Bhattacharya (3 Posts)

Spandan Bhattacharya is a M.Phil final year student in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He Completed his M.A in film Studies from Jadavpur University in 2009. Spandan is at present working on Post Liberalization Bengali Cinema for his M.Phil dissertation.

Sridarshini Chakraborty (1 Post)

Sridarshini Chakraborty is a Graphic & Web designer by profession and a creative writer by nature. She completed her masters in Economics from CU simultaneously continuing her journey as a writer as well as a visual artist. She also completed her diploma in designing & animation from JU recently. Hailing from a family of North Indian Classical Vocalists she is trained in the same and also has worked in several T.V. Serials and short films as a playback singer. She is passionate about world cinema and is presently waiting for her first book of poetry to get published in Kolkata Book Fair 2012.

Srinivas Ganti (1 Post)

Srinivas (Sri) Ganti was born and brought up in Hyderabad. He is an engineer by profession and works in the IT industry. His IT career has taken him to various cities in US and Canada where he befriended vintage music lovers. Sri also collects rare songs but prefers storing them in digital format for easy access and mobility. After moving back to India, Sri has taken his passion for music and music lovers to the next level by organising regular baiThaks and chronicling the proceedings. These are archived at Shaam-e-Mausiqi Flights of Fancy.

Srirupa Dhar (1 Post)

Srirupa Dhar lives in U.S.A. She has pursued advanced studies in English literature both in India and the U.S. In India she has had teaching experience. Presently, she is an amateur writer and pursues her passions of reading and writing.

Stuti Goswami (1 Post)

Stuti Goswami has taught English literature at B.Borooah College, Guwahati. She is a guest faculty for NELIT (erstwhile DOEACC) Guwahati and also a guest faculty of K.K.Handiqu State Open University. As a bi-lingual freelance writer and translator her articles, stories , book reviews interviews and translated works have been published in numerous journals (print and e-mag) including The Times of India, The Assam Tribune, The Sentinel , Luitor Pora Thamesoloi (a bilingual magazine published through an Indo-British collaboration), Muse India, Indian Review etc. She has also worked as an Assistant Director in Commissioned Programmes for Delhi Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati besides briefly hosting a show on an Assamese entertainment channel.

Subha Das Mollick (17 Posts)

Subha Das Mollick is a media teacher and a documentary filmmaker. She has made more than 50 documentary films on a variety of subjects, most of which have been aired on the national television. She had been the head of the Film Studies and Mass Communication Deptt. at the St. Xavier's College, Kolkata.

Subhadeep Ghosh (1 Post)

Subhadeep Ghosh is a software engineer by profession. He is interested in film and other related art-forms and writes critical essays on cinema. He is one of the founder members of the Silhouette Film Society in 2001 and a regular at film festivals. Other than various art-forms his main area of interest is theology.

Subhajit Chatterji (1 Post)

Subhajit Chatterji completed his Doctoral degree from Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. He is currently associated with the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata as a teaching faculty.

Subham Dutta (1 Post)

Subham Dutta has completed his Post Graduation in English Literature from Visva-Bharati University. His areas of interest are Film Studies, Sports Literature, Social and Cultural Theories and Indian Philosophy. Furthermore, he takes delight in Quizzing and Computer Games.

Subhas Ghoshal (1 Post)

Subhas Ghosal, an Engineering and Management Graduate majorly worked in the Information Technology domain with many multinational corporations. As a corporate, he worked in many countries and traveled across the globe. His major passion area includes Music, Literature and Photography. He is an ardent follower of the old and contemporary film music, ghazals and traditional music, composers. Their styles, roots and evolution is a special area of interest. He is a connoisseur of Indian Classical and Semi-Classical Music. Analysis of embodiment of Classical Ragas into film and contemporary music intrigues him like anything. He currently lives in New Delhi.

Sundeep Pahwa (4 Posts)

Film and music enthusiast Sundeep Pahwa has a wealth of knowledge and information on movies, especially of the Golden Era. He belongs to a family which was closely connected with the film industry and had produced two films Bahu (1955) and Bombay Race Course (1965). Sundeep is an active member of several movies and music groups and foundations which are striving towards reviving and preserving our film heritage. He is known for his tireless efforts towards helping other film enthusiasts and writers access authentic and accurate information of movies and music.

Surangama Guha (1 Post)

Surangama Guha has graduated with Honours in Sociology from Presidency College, Kolkata. She then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Sociology from Jadavpur University. She has been briefly associated as an intern with The Hindustan Times. Her desire is to conduct research work that would help integrate a sociological outlook within the field of Cinema Studies in India.

Sushil Kumar (1 Post)

Sushil is a movie buff who loves to spend his free time watching movies from different genres and languages.

Susmita Paul (2 Posts)

Susmita Paul is an emerging writer with only a couple of English poems recently published in Montauk after a long hiatus. Her sole Bengali poetry book was published by Kaurab in 2019. She is also a Zentangle inspired artist and also a mother to a curious five-year old. She lives in Graz, Austria with her son and her husband.

Swechcha Dhara Dasgupta (1 Post)

Swechcha Dhara Dasgupta is a high school student from Kolkata and has a hereditary passion for all things celluloid. She is a consummate commercial cinema lover and an old-school Bollywood enthusiast. She can quote Ray films from the heart and is a movie critic in making.