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 and The Hindu in Chennai, for 35 years.
My authorised biography of India's auteur director, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, has just been published by Penguin/Viking. The research for the book was funded by New York's Ford Foundation. The helmer’s latest film, A Climate for Crime, has travelled round the world, including Toronto, Nantes, Warsaw, Munich, Deauville and Dubai.
I am now Editor South Asia of The Seoul Times in South Korea. I am also a regular writer for the Hindustan Times, one of India’s largest selling English dailies, a columnist for the Gulf Times in Doha, Qatar, and a contributor for The Japan Times, Japan’s leading English newspaper. I also write for the Gulf News in Dubai, apart from The Week and Samakalika Malayalam Vaarika in India
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, theatre and other arts.
I have written features and editorials on Kolkata rickshaw-pullers, Kolkata trams, Kolkata Chinese, circus industry, Taj Mahal, visual pollution, AIDS, smoking, alcoholism, ruins of Vijayanagar, tiger and elephant poaching, cigarette smoking, and on cities like Venice, Florence, Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, Cannes and others
I have met and written about personalities as varied as Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan, Barbara Cartland, Alyque and Pearl Padamsee, Tom Ford, Pierre Cardin, Rohit Bal, Ritu Beri, Sidney Poitier, Gemini Ganesh, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Nandita Das, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, Pedro Almodovar, Lars Von Trier, Jane Campion, Ang Lee, Ken Loach, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Aravindan, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Shyam Benegal, Anurag Kashyap, Mani Ratnam, Kamal Hassan, R.K. Laxman, Mario Miranda, Sudhir Dar, E.P. Unny and others.
I have been covering major film festivals, including Cannes (20 years), Venice (10 years) and Berlin. I have also been writing from festivals such as Melbourne, Stuttgart, Deauville, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Dubai, Marrakech and several in India (Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Pune, Bengaluru and New Delhi).
I also reviewed movies for The Hollywood Reporter from India and major international film festivals, such as Venice, Deauville and Marrakech.
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 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, The Gulf Times, Doha, Qatar
Contributor, The Japan Times, Japan
Writer, Hindustan Times, India
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