DISCOVER INDIAN CINEMA is a partnership between ICC Greenwich and The Avon Theatre Film Center in Stamford. The series showcases the depth and breadth of Indian film making and provides a unique opportunity for the public to view quality Indian films on the big screen. Films are selected by ICC’s Discover Indian Cinema Advisory Board.
Meet the Discover Indian Cinema Advisory Board:
Meera Agarwal, an Indian cinema aficionado, provides a populist perspective on Indian filmography. Meera frequently introduces films informing audiences how Indian cinema pushes content boundaries and breaks character stereotypes. Meera is also an artist, painting from childhood memories in India and her travels. Formerly a high-tech public relations specialist in Silicon Valley, Meera has a bachelor’s in management studies from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science and a Masters in Corporate & Public Communications from Seton Hall University.
Tejaswini Ganti is Associate Professor of Anthropology and core faculty in the Program in Culture & Media at New York University. She has been conducting research about the social world and filmmaking practices of the Hindi film industry since 1996 and is the author of Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry (Duke University Press 2012) and Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema (Routledge 2004; 2nd edition 2013). Her current research projects focus on film schools and film training in India, and language ideologies, specifically the relationship between Hindi and English within the Bombay film industry; and the history of Indian cinema in the United States.
Kartik Nair is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University. He received his PhD (with Distinction) in Cinema Studies at New York University. His dissertation was about the production, circulation and regulation of low-budget horror films in 1980s' India. Kartik's research interests include visual and material culture, South Asian cinema, and transnational film history. An Associate Editor for Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, he has published articles on minor genre cinemas, the practices of film censorship and the visual articulation of disaster in post-9/11 Hollywood. Kartik has taught classes on special effects in film and global horror cinema at NYU and was a Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Film and Media Studies at Purchase College.
Meheli Sen is Assistant Professor in the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures and the Cinema Studies program at Rutgers University. Her primary research area is post-independence popular Hindi cinema, commonly referred to as Bollywood. Sen’s work has been published in journals such as Cinema Journal, and South Asian Popular Culture among many others. She is co-editor of Figurations in Indian Film (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013). Her book Haunting Bollywood: Gender, Genre and the Supernatural in Hindi Commercial Cinema which focuses on ‘B’ genres, was published in 2017 by The University of Texas Press.