Research Fellowship Projects

NFAI encourages research and other academic activities related to cinema, especially in the field of Indian films and its history.

This fellowship carries a monthly allowance of 5,000/- for a period of one year. In addition, a contingency allowance of 25,000/- will be paid towards travel, secretarial assistance, stationery etc. The project should be based on original research and could be on any topic or aspect of Indian cinema - its history, aesthetics, sociology or economics.

Current Research Fellowships

Sr. No. Name Projects
1 Kasturi Basu The Digital Eye: Production and Exhibition Impulses in Indian Documentary in the Video and Digital Era (1982-2018)
2 Ratnottama Sengupta Dance in Indian Films: From Menaka to Mallika
3 Purushottam (Milind) A. Lele The art of song-picturization as accomplished in various themes and occasions
4 Dr. Nirmala M.N. Film workers and South Indian Cinema: A study of the unionization of Film Workers in Kannada Film Industry
5

Nitin G. Mane

Cinematic Illusions: Special Effects (FX) and Visual Effects (VFX) in Indian Cinema

6

Shreeamey A. Phadnis

The portrayal of Mumbai’s Architecture & Urban Spaces in Hindi Cinema post Neo-Liberalisation

7

Binayak Bhattacharya

The Screen Battles: Indian Cinema’s Encounter with War

8

Dr. Baidurya Chakrabarti

Decoding the Boi:Bengali Popular Cinema and the Evolution of a Genre

9

Dr. Mohan Agashe

Indian Cinema: Reel to Real, Content Authenticity and Presentation – A Health Awareness Perspective

10

Dr. Swapna Gopinath

Narrativizing Urban Spaces in Malayalam Cinema: Trends & Techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed Research Fellowship Projects

Sr. No. Name Projects
1 Dr. S. N. Tewari Shatranj Ke Khilari - Literary Adaptation (Hindi)
2 Dr. K. V. Raman Kutty New Malayalam Cinema
3 Kusum Gokarn Devotional Films
4 Sudhir Sonalkar Social Comment in Prabhat Films
5 Bela Raval Children Films in India
6 Usha Kalyanaraman Images of Women in Hindi Films
7 Vasanthi Sankaranarayanan Stereotypes in Malayalam Cinema
8 Dr. Kishore Vaswani Personality of Dialogues in Hindi Films
9 C.M. Unnithan Literature and Film in Malayalam Cinema
10 Aruna Damle History of Marathi Film Music (Marathi)
11 Madhuja Mukherjee New Theatres: Its Literariness and Ushering a new idiom and audience
12 Dr. Someshwar Bhowmick Economics of Indian Film Industry
13 Susmita Dasgupta On Modernization of Indian Tradition - Agenda, Mission and the Social Philosophy of the Hindi Commercial Cinema
14 Smt. Vijaya Mulay As Others See Us: Films on India
15 Dr. Pratibha Yavalkar Contribution of Kolhapur School of Filmmaking to Indian Cinema
16 Shama A. Chatterjee A Study of Women’s ‘Voices’ in 10 Indian Films directe by Men (1959-2003)
17 Varsha Pillai Hindi Films and the Censor Board
18 Koushik Bannerjee Social Awareness and Changing Profile of Bengali Film Music in the context of Globalization
19 Subroto Roy Semeiosis of Music in Ghatak’s Select Films
20 Smarani Mukherjee Empire that was Madan’s Cinema and Society in Dialogue in the Early Twentieth Century India
21 Ravinder Singh The Genesis of the Labour Movement in the Bombay Film Industry
22 Vidyarthy Chatterjee New Marathi Cinema
23 Olympia Bhatt The Arrival of Sound in India : A History of Early Talkies from a Technological Perspective
24 Parthajit Buruah, Nagaon, Assam Narratives of Assamese Cinema: Society on Celluloid
25

Rinki Roy Bhattacharya

Unconventional Stardom: Conversations with Kamini Kaushal

26

Jenson Joseph

Working Around Realism: Manifesting Modernity in Art Direction

27

Arjun Narayanan

The influence of Devadasis and courtesans on the early Indian films

28

Dr. Nitin N. Hadap

Documentation  and Research of Costumes and Costume designers of Marathi Films: Special reference to periodical films.

29

Micah K. Thambi

Saints and the People, History, Politics and Aesthetic Genesis of “Christian Social Films” in Kerala

30 Surya Deo, Bhubhaneswar History of Odia Film
31 Lygia Mathews, Mumbai Advirtising Films made in India between 1950-2000- a half century - and the preservation of these films for the study of cinema as a tool for sociological and anthropological impact.

Monographs

The scope of monographs includes biographical information on pioneering Indian film personalities with a comprehensive annotated filmography, a resume of previous published material relating to the artiste, a bibliography and around 20-25 illustrations including some working stills.

Those awarded a monograph project are entitled to an allowance of 30,000/- as consolidated fee. The project should be completed within six months of acceptance of the proposal.

Current Monographs

Sr. No. Name Projects
1 Madhu Eravankara Ramu Kariat
2 Milind Mahale Rajdutt
3 Suvij Sudershan Mrinal Sen
4 Pritha Chakrabarti Sadhona Bose
5 Sulabha Teranikar K.L.Saigal

Completed Monographs Projects

Sr. No. Projects
1 Guru Dutt
2 P.V.Pathy
3 Sukhdev
4 B.N.Reddi
5 Ritwik Ghatak
6 V. Damle - S. Fatehlal
7 Master Vinayak
8 B.N.Sircar
9 L.V.Prasad
10 Chittoor V. Nagaiah
11 P. Bhanumati
12 B.Nagi Reddi & Chakrapani
13 M.K.T.Bhagavathur
14 S.S.Vasan
15 Moving Images
16 Gudavalli Ramabrahmam
17 Nimai Ghosh
18 Bimal Roy
19 Raja Paranjape
20 P.U.Chinnappa
21 Ezra Mir
22 Master Vithal
23 Hiralal Sen
24 Himansu Rai
25 Mehmood
26 Debaki Bose
27 A.V.Meiyappan
28 P.C. Barua
29 Hrishikesh Mukherjee
30 K.A. Abbas
31 Tapan Sinha
32 Anil Biswas
33 Girish Kasarvalli
34 Dr. Bhabendra Nath Saikia
35 K.G. George
36 Govind Patel – ‘Bheesma Pitamah’ of Gujarati Film Industry
37 Padmarajan
38 Sudhir Phadke
39 Adoor Gopalakrishnan
40 Enoch Daniels
41 Shantaram Athavale
42 Amiya Chakravarthy
43 A.R. Kardar
44 P. Sheshadri
45 Venu Nagavally
46 Kanan Devi

Audio-Visual History Projects

The project should be on any living pioneering film personality & the interview should reveal details of his / her career and highlight the personality's special contribution to Indian cinema, memorable information about contemporaries and associates, working conditions prevailing during the period etc. A transcription of the interview should be submitted to NFAI along with the audio and video files in DVDs. A letter of consent from the film personality to be interviewed should invariably be attached to the application.

Each project carries an allowance of 1,000/- per hour of recorded time of interview with a maximum limit of 10,000/- for each film personality. First class rail fare (if the project involves outstation journey) and other incidentals such as recorder hiring charges etc. will be reimbursed.

Current Audio - Visual History Projects

Sr. No. Name Projects
1 Sagar Sawant Pandari Juker
2 Nilesh Shirke Rohini Hattangady

Completed Audio - Visual History Projects

Sr. No. Projects Sr. No. Projects
1 Zunzarrao Pawar 35 Shahu Modak
2 Ganpatrao Bodre 36 Nanasaheb Sathe
3 Dada Salvi 37 Nanasaheb Ponkshe
4 J.B.H. Wadia 38 E. Mohammed
5 S.D. Subbulakshmi 39 S. Ramanathan
6 R.M.Krishnaswamy 40 A.S.A. Swamy
7 Ganpatrao Tambat 41 T. Janakiram
8 P.G.Bhonsle 42 P.Leela
9 S.V. Venkatraman 43 C. Honappa Bhagavathur
10 S.V. Sahasranamum 44 K.R. Chellam
11 Yeshwant Pethkar 45 Vijaybhaskar
12 Bal Bapat 46 A.S.Nagarajan
13 Chittaranjan Kolhatkar 47 T. Karibasaiah
14 Sharad Talwalkar 48 Gubbi Shivananda
15 Vivek 49 Vijay Bhatt
16 Vasant Shinde 50 Sova Sen
17 A.A.Dalvi 51 Nilu Phule
18 Suryakant</> 52 Soumitra Chatterjee
19 Haribhau Lonari 53 A. Nageshwara Rao
20 Narayan Tambat 54 Chandrakant Gokhale
21 Baburao Patil 55 Basu Chatterjee
22 Raghunath Bhadane 56 Bapu Watve
23 Sahadeorao Tapkire 57 Ramanand Sengupta
24 R.Rammurthi 58 Nagesh Layalpuri
25 Mandakini Athavale. 59 Shrikant Moghe
26 Vishnupant Jog 60 Madhabi Mukherjee
27 V.Gopalakrishnan 61 Madhukar Pathak
28 M.K.Radha 62 Soumentdu Roy
29 M.Masthan 63 Tapan Sinha
30 Kothamangalam Seethu 64 Bharati Devi
31 R.B.Lakshmidevi 65 Shamshad Begum
32 V.V.Bapat 66 S Bhalchandra Kulkarni
33 P.Bhanumati 67 Aribam Syam Sharma
34 K.S.Prakashrao 68  

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