Mayank Shekhar is a broadcaster, journalist, and author. His latest book ‘Name Place Animal Thing’, non-fiction on India and popular culture, is a critically acclaimed bestseller.
Shekhar has been a columnist and film critic for a decade and half, starting with Mid Day; Mumbai Mirror, a paper he helped set up under The Times of India Group; and Hindustan Times, where he served as National Culture Editor. His reviews, published in six languages, are currently syndicated to BBC and ABP News.
As a film critic, Shekhar has served on several international and Indian juries,including at, most recently, the National Film Awards. His book of reviews, ‘How I Met Your Movies’, will be published by Harper Collins in September this year.
Shekhar read economics at Delhi’s St Stephen’s College. He runs TheW14.com.
A post graduate in Sociology and Journalism and trained at the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, he began his career with the State Broadcaster, Doordarshan in 1985 and worked his way up the ladder directing Shows like ‘The Big Question’ with Karan Thapar and ‘Mirror of the World’ for DD News. His Documentary-Short film ‘Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke’ was screened in 22 international film festivals across the globe. Serving as Deputy Director at the Directorate of Film Festivals, he handled various portfolios like the National Film Awards, International Film Festival of India, Indian Panorama selections, Cultural Exchange Programmes, editing and publishing Catalogues for National Film Awards, Indian Panorama, Indian Cinema Year Book and the IFFI Catalogues. Instrumental in getting Digital Cinema its due space in National Film Awards, in the Non Feature Film category, he supported and guided film makers throughout the country connect with various international film festivals and funding platforms. As a Stage Director, he has directed mega Stage Shows for the International Film Festival of India in the years
As Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment Society of Goa, Government of Goa, he headed IFFI Goa for Goa Government, established Goa as a film destination by launching the ‘Single Window Clearance’ system for film shoots and transplanting film shoots from Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and other cities to Goa. He also set up India’s first platform for Short Films, Short Film Center, Goa at IFFI in 2008, thus kick starting the ‘Short Film Movement’ in India. He also organized the first and the only credible ratings of Indian Cinema during IFFI Goa 2009 inviting through ten young film Directors and ten top Film Critics of India
Having served on international film festival juries, he was appointed an Observer at the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), European Film Market in the years 2012 and 2013. He has been awarded by Russian and Polish Governments and often quoted in media publications such as Motion Picture Association of America, Ernst and Young and several others. He has delivered lectures in several institutions such as IIT Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad, FTII Pune, CII Summits, FICCI Frames, ASSOCHAM Conferences, Amity University to name a few. He is a Founder-Member of many Indian Film Festivals outside India like Extravagant India Film Festival, Indian Film Festival, Berlin and a Consultant to several International Film Festivals.
Representing India at all major international film festivals and Film Markets, he has spoken at various fora like the ‘World Public Forum’, Greece twice, major Conferences in Berlin, Paris, Seoul, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and many others. He has written extensively written on Indian Cinema in Indian and foreign publications in the past three decades. His two books ‘Wide Angle’- History of Indian Cinema’ and ‘Making Shorts’ today are extremely popular with students of Indian Cinema globally.