Maithili Rao is a Bombay based freelance film critic who has written extensively for Indian and international publications including Man’s World, Hindu, Frontline, Cinema In India, Film Comment, International Film Guide and the website for the British Film Institute. Ms Rao is a regular contributor to the South Asian Cinema Foundation and is a member of its editorial board which includes wellknown film critics, historians, filmmakers and people from the world of cinema in South Asia and the west. Rao has contributed chapters to several books on Indian Cinema: “Rebels without a cause” for the Encyclopædia Britannica India volume on Hindi cinema; “Heart of the Hindi Film” for Bollywood, Dakini publications, London; “To be a Woman” for Frames of Mind, Indian Council for Cultural Relations; “Images of Women” for Rasa, vol ii, edited by Chidananda Das Gupta, “The Man who spoke in pictures”, on Bimal Roy published by Penguin and Amitabh Bachchan for “Icons”, published by Roli Books. Maithili Rao has served as a Jury member at the International Children’s Film Festival (Hyderabad), the Bombay Documentary Film Festival and served on the FIPRESCI Jury at the Sochi International Film Festival.

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