Film Programming/Festival Adviser

To filmmakers, on recommending films for festivals
Inviting submissions to film festivals preferably in an unmixed form (rough cut) version for final guidance and advice

On selection by a festival
Offering professional help in promoting the film/films at the festival, prior to its dates and during the duration of the festival

To festival programming heads

  • Recommending themes, subjects, tributes that relate to Indian cinema and can be presented as a programme. On finalization of the same, preparing the film package as an entity.
  • Organising panel disucssions and marketing sessions for film festivals
  • Preparing the supporting written material for selected packages and panel sessions held at festivals

Partnership with Basil Content
Recommending select and appropriate film titles to Basil Content for sales representation and marketing promotion prior to festival selections

umaUma da Cunha at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, 2015


Subtitling in English for films made in regional Indian languages

Select subtitling credits:

  • Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Pinneyum (2016)
  • Soumendra Padhi’s Budhia Singh–Born to Run (2016)
  • Rubaiyat Hossain’s MeherJaan (Bangladesh, 2010)
  • Nandita Das’ Firaaq (2008)
  • A collection of Amitabh Bachchan’s early starrers (AnandZanjeerAbhimaanSaudagarAgneepath, Aankhen) commissioned for New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center at its April 2005 Tribute to the mega star
  • Around 150 film titles for the Film Finance Corporation and NFDC during the mid-70s to 80s



Casting actors for indie films

Select credits include

  • Silvio Narizzano’s Staying on (1988, UK)  consultancy
  • Dev Benegal’s English August (1994, India)
  • Mira Nair’s Kamasutra (1996, USA)
  • Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1998, Canada)
  • Kaizad Gustad’s Bombay Boys (1998, India)
  • Jane Campion’s Holy Smoke (1999, USA—Dhritiman Chatterjee and children in Pushkar, New Delhi)
  • Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001, India—casting of British soldiers)
  • Deepa Mehta’s Water (2005, Canada)
  • Tom Gorai’s Outsourced (2006, USA)
  • Bhavna Talvar’s Dharam(2007, India)
  • Sarah Gavron’s Brick Lane (2007, UK) (casting of Tannishtha Chatterjee)


French actor Eric Vignier (left) who plays the lead role in the
Marathi film ‘Ulagadi’ directed by Abhijit Pense (under production)



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