Advisory Board

  • Aseem Chhabra

    Festival Director

Aseem Chhabra is the festival director of the New York Indian Film Festival, the largest and the oldest Indian festival in North America.

He is the author of the biographies of Shashi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

A film journalist in New York City and New Delhi, he has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mumbai Mirror,, The Hindu, Outlook,, Quartz, Scroll, Newslaundry. He’s been a commentator on Indian cinema and popular culture on NPR, CNN, BBC, CBC, ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’

Aseem is the voice of Shadow Puppet #1 in director Nina Paley's acclaimed animated film, Sita Sings the Blues.


"I have had a long association with the Film Karavan team and respect their commitment to independent cinema. So I am thrilled to join the Bandra Film Festival's advisory board. I look forward to working with the BFF team to find rarely shown films from India and sharing them with the audience."

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