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Shantanu Ray Chaudhari Features Editor & Consultant – Regional Cinema

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri is either an 'accidental' editor who strayed into publishing from a career in finance and accounts or an 'accidental' finance person who found his calling in publishing. As executive editor at HarperCollins Publishers India, he helped launch what came to be regarded as the go-to cinema, music and culture list in Indian publishing. Books commissioned and edited by him have won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema and the MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Images) Award for Best Writing on Cinema. He also commissioned and edited some of India's leading authors like Gulzar, Manu Joseph, Kiran Nagarkar, Arun Shourie and worked out co-pub arrangements with the Society for the Preservation of Satyajit Ray Archives, apart from publishing a number of first-time authors in cinema whose books went on to become best-sellers. In 2017, he was named Editor of the Year by the apex publishing body, Publishing Next. He has been a regular contributor to Anupama Chopra's online magazine Film Companion. He is also a published author, with two books to his credit: Whims – A Book of Poems (published by Writers Workshop) and Icons from Bollywood (published by Penguin Books). He is at present, executive editor at Penguin Random House India.

Nichola Pais Editor

Nichola Pais is an editor with over twenty years of experience working in various media magazines. A graduate of Bombay University, she has held editing positions at Cine Blitz, Scoo News and Free Press Journal. She has also worked as content creator for Peeping She has also written travel blogs for Kesari and articles for Savvy magazine. She has edited and proof-read two books by hotelier Vikram Kamat and one book published by Leadstart.

Harini Srinivasan Consultant - Content Writer

An aficionado of literature, history and dance, Harini Srinivasan has found innovative ways of bringing her passions to her work. She also blogs on classic Hindi films and books at

Among her achievements is her contribution as an editor of several prestigious publications published by the Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, such as Selected Speeches of the President: Pranab Mukherjee; The Republican Ethic: Selected Speeches of Shri Ram Nath Kovind; Indian Dance – Through a Critic’s Eye; Abode Under the Dome; Legends of Indian Silver Screen; and Selected Speeches of the Vice President: M. Venkaiah Naidu. She has authored a children’s book, The Wizard Tales- Adventures of Bun-Bun, a romantic comedy, Ek Confusing Love Story (on Juggernaut Books) and a historical detective fiction novel, The Curse of Anuganga.

Along the way, she has undertaken different roles (Civil Servant, Project Manager, Communications Professional and Editor) across countries (India, Germany and The Netherlands).

Krishna Sharma Manager - Festivals and Museums Project Coordinator

Krishna Sharma is a psychology graduate, hobbyist street & documentary photographer. He has worked with various organisations working towards humanitarian relief handling logistics and on ground operations. Prior to woking with Cinemaazi, he has worked with a Museum assisting in exhibition curation, installation, display and museum operations.

Besides working on various projects of Cinemaazi Research Centre, he is also managing the Kumaon Literary Festival, another flagship project of Indian Cinema Heritage Foundation. He, along with other team members managed the Goa Edition of Kumaon Literary Festival held in May, 2022.

He aspires to continue working in museums and work on publishing his own photo book.

Prerona Basu Copywriter

A copywriter by day and an aspirant author by night, Prerona graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, with a degree in English Honours and later completed her Masters in English from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has previously worked as a freelance writer and written for India Perspectives, the flagship magazine of The Ministry of External Affairs India. She has interviewed (and survived) Chef Marco Pierre White and written a coffee table book on home and kitchen which is currently in the pipeline for publication.

Rajeev Manager - Archives

Rajeev is responsible for maintaining the archives and record room of the Centre. He has been employed with the Centre for the longest.

Rahul Assistant – Inventory & Cataloguing

Rahul keeps inventory of the assets of the Centre and feeds content in the master meta data.

Nasir Khan Data Support Associate