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 Ravinder Singh The Genesis of the Labour Movement in the Bombay Film Industry
2 Vidyarthy Chatterjee New Marathi Cinema
3 Olympia Bhatt The Arrival of Sound in India : A History of Early Talkies from a Technological Perspective
4 Parthajit Buruah, Nagaon, Assam Narratives of Assamese Cinema: Society on Celluloid
5 Surya Deo, Bhubhaneswar History of Odia Film
6 Lakhan Raghuvanshi, Indore Bharat mein Film Prachar ka Itihasik evam Vartaman Paridrishya(Hindi)
7 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.
8

Dr. Nitin N. Hadap

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

9

Reena Mohan

Contributions of women practitioners to the independent documentary film movement in India from 1981-2017

10

Rinki Roy Bhattacharya

Unconventional Stardom: Conversations with Kamini Kaushal

11

Jenson Joseph

Working Around Realism: Manifesting Modernity in Art Direction

12

Nitin G. Mane

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

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

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 Hrishikesh S. Arvikar Baburao Painter - Artisanal Guru of Marathi Film Industry
2 Thasleema T., Palakkad, Kerala K.G. George
3 Shashikant Kinikar Amiya Chakravarthy
4 Sarita Athavale Shantaram Athavale
5 Shashikant Kinikar A.R. Kardar
6 Ninad Kulkarni G.D. Joshi (Govind Dinkar Joshi)
7 Mrudula Joshi Jaidev
8 K. Aravind Mitra P. Sheshadri
9 Samvartha ‘Sahil’ G. Aravindan
10 N. Sandhya Rani K. Balachander
11 Aparna Nandakumar Venu Nagavally
12 Smarani Mukherjee Kanan Devi
13 Chinnamula Ramesh P.Jairaj
14 Aasita Bali Govind Patel – ‘Bheesma Pitamah’ of Gujarati Film Industry

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

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 Rajeev Shrivaastav Kalyanji-Anandji
2 Mohan A. Kulkarni Subodh Guruji

Completed Audio - Visual History Projects

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

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