I am a film and theatre critic, columnist and author having worked in two of India’s best regarded daily newspapers, The Statesman in Kolkata (Calcutta) and The Hindu in Chennai (Madras), for 35 years.
My authorised biography of India’s auteur director, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, was published last year by Penguin/Viking.
I am now Editor South Asia of The Seoul Times in South Korea.
I am also a columnist for Hindustan Times, one of India’s largest selling English dailies, Firstpost (a leading web paper in India modelled on the Huffington Post), Gulf Times in Doha and Free Malaysia Today in Kuala Lumpur.
I am a contributor for The Japan Times, Japan’s leading English newspaper.
While I write mostly on cinema, I pen a column on social and political affairs for The Japan Times, Free Malaysia Today and The Seoul Times.
Earlier, I reviewed films for Screen International, London, and The Hollywood Reporter in the USA. I not only reviewed Indian movies for them but also foreign films in major international movie festivals, such as Venice, Deauville and Marrakech.
I also wrote for Variety, and was Variety Arabia’s India Correspondent.
I also penned stories for Asia Times in Hong Kong.
In 2008, I completed my 25-year tenure with the English language newspaper, The Hindu, in Chennai , where I wrote editorials, comments, reviews and features on a wide range of subjects, such as environment, wildlife, health, children, history, heritage, archaeology, advertisement, fashion, cinema and theatre.
I have written features and editorials on Kolkata rickshaw-pullers, Kolkata trams, Kolkata Chinese, circus industry, pollution, AIDS, mental illness, alcoholism, smoking, tiger and elephant poaching, history, archaeology, civic affairs and on cities like Venice, Florence, Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, Cannes and others.
I have been travelling widely both within the country and outside on a variety of journalistic assignments. I have done spot reporting on and interviews with several organisations, including UNESCO in Paris, Sorbonne University also in Paris, Globe Theatre in London, Belgian Centre of Comic Strip Art in Brussels and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
I have met and written about personalities as varied as Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan, Barbara Cartland, R.K. Laxman, Mario Miranda, Sudhir Dar, E.P. Unny, Alyque and Pearl Padamsee, Tom Ford, Pierre Cardin, Rohit Bal, Ritu Beri, Gemini Ganesh, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Nandita Das, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, Sidney Poitier, Pedro Almodovar, Lars Von Trier, Jane Campion, Ang Lee, Ken Loach, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Aravindan, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Shyam Benegal, Anurag Kashyap, Mani Ratnam, Kamal Hassan and others.
I have been covering major film festivals, including Cannes (22 years), Venice (15 years) and Berlin. I have also been writing from festivals such as Melbourne, Stuttgart, Deauville, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Marrakech and several in India (Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Pune, Bengaluru and New Delhi).
I have served on several international film juries — New Delhi, Pune, Melbourne, Venice, Deauville, Abu Dhabi and others. I have been on the Indian National Book Jury. I have also served on Indian Panorama juries.
I grew up in Kolkata, went to school and college there and worked for The Statesman for 10 years under British editors before joining The Hindu in Chennai in 1984. It is in Kolkata that I developed a passion for meaningful cinema: I had this fascinating opportunity of watching Satyajit Ray closely at work, and the fact that his son, Sandip, and I were classmates at St. Xavier’ s College helped me to nurture my association with the great Master.
I can speak, read and write Bengali, Hindi and Tamil (my mother tongue). I can understand Malayalam. I work in English.
In 2001, I was invited by The Japan Foundation (under the Japanese Foreign Ministry) for a fellowship to study modern Japanese cinema. I stayed in Japan for six months and did detailed research, meeting tens of Japanese producers, directors and actors. I wrote several articles on Japan for The Hindu.
I got a similar fellowship from The Japan Foundation in 2008, this time for 10 months, but had to decline the invitation for the time being because I was busy with the Adoor book.
I have taught cinema at Karnataka’s Manipal University and English/journalism/cinema at Chennai’s Loyola College.
My writings can be seen on my website: http://www.gautamanbhaskaran.com
Editor South Asia, The Seoul Times, South Korea
Columnist, Hindustan Times, India, Firstpost, India, Gulf Times, Doha, Free Malaysia Today, Kuala Lumpur.
Contributor, The Japan Times, Japan
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