The Film Critics Guild, India’s first registered association of film critics, is a geographically diverse cross-section of professionals who have come together to streamline the ethical and quality standards for film criticism in the country. With India’s most credible critics — representing print, radio, broadcast, and the web — at its helm, the Guild is dedicated to maintaining the highest level of integrity amongst its members and evaluating works of cinema that stand apart in their story telling.
Anupama Chopra is a film critic, book author and director of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star. She is also the founder and editor of the digital platform Film Companion,which offers a curated look at entertainment.
Stutee Ghosh has been in the media world for almost a decade. She started her career with Radio Mirchi as an RJ and forayed into film reviews and criticism. Currently an RJ and Film Critic with Fever 104fm and The Quint.
Shomini is an entertainment journalist for WIONEWS with over 12 years of experience in film writing. She has previously worked with News18.com and Zeenews.com . She reviews and writes about Hindi, English and Bengali films.
Bharathi Pradhan is a Columnist, Critic & Author with over 40 years of experience. She currently reviews English & Hindi films for Lehren TV & www.thefilmstreetjournal.com and is Sunday columnist with The Telegraph.
Aditya Shrikrishna is a freelance film critic based in Chennai, India. He currently writes reviews for Mint Lounge and his writings have been published in The Hindu, Frontline, FiftyTwoDotIn, The New Indian Express, The Quint and Film Companion among others.
Ajay Brahmatmaj writes in hindi.ex film editor of Dainik Jagran.presently freelancing for different newspapers and web portals.has keen interest in history of hindi cinema.mapping lahore film industry of pre partion era (before 1947)
News laundry, lokmat samachar
Akhil Arora covers entertainment & video games for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars, covering series premieres, product & service launches and looking at movies from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. He also co-hosts the movie podcast The Long Take, along with fellow FCG member Rohan Naahar.
Anmol Jamwal is a content creator who shares his love for Indian films across languages on his YouTube channel, Having garnered an audience in the span of 5 years, with over 1 million subscribers, the channel has grown to form a community that discusses Indian films week in and week out.
Tried & Refused Productions (YouTube)
Anuj Kumar has been a part of The Hindu since 2005 and has written extensively on Hindi film trends, conducted interviews, and contributed nostalgia pieces. He has contributed to Housefull (Om Books), a collection of short essays on films made during the Golden Age of Hindi cinema.
Arnab Banerjee has been a film critic and journalist for over 20 years, and is currently contributing film reviews to The Asian Age and BBC Radio. Besides reviewing films, both Hollywood and Bollywood, he also writes on music, does book reviews and covers art.
Freelance Film Critic
Aswathy Gopalakrishnan is a film critic who writes for Silverscreen.in. She also worked as a film programmer with MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in 2019.
Freelance Film Critic
I'm an Entertainment journalist, and I've been with The New Indian Express for five years reviewing everything from films, series, shorts, and documentaries. I concentrate on writing for South films, with frequent visits to Hindi and English cinema, apart from the occasional non-English foreign content.
The New Indian Express
Avinash Singh Pal has been in the media world for almost a decade. He is presently working as Deputy Chief Content Producer in Hindustan (HT Media) and also worked as a news anchor and radio jockey in the past.
Hindustan (HT Media)
Baradwaj Rangan is a National Award–winning film critic and the editor of Film Companion (South). His writings on cinema, music, art, books, travel and humour have been published in various national magazines.
Bhawana Somaaya has been a film critic and author for more than 40 years and has contributed columns to various publications. She is the Entertainment Editor at 92.7 Big FM Radio Channel. She was conferred with Padma Shri in 2017 and with an honorary Doctorate by Jagran Lake City University in 2021.
92.7 Big FM
Deepak Dua is a Hindi Film Critic for www.cineyatra.com. A freelance Film Journalist, who was associated with Hindi Film Monthly Filmi Kaliyan for a long time. His review of film Dangal is being taught as a chapter in Hindi text books of Class 8 in many schools.
Freelance Film Journalist & Critic
Filmmaker, columnist and author Fahad Samar has been reviewing Hindi and English films on various media platforms. Fahad co-presented Friday Double Bill on NDTV Good Times and currently reviews movies on his show Filmology with Fahad Samar on Radio One 94.3 FM.
Radio One 94.3 FM
Gopinath Rajendran is an entertainment journalist and a film critic with over 7 years of experience. He is currently with The Hindu, Chennai and has previously worked with The New Indian Express.
Keyur Seta is a film journalist with close to 15 years of experience. He has been covering Hindi cinema extensively for the last 12 years and Marathi cinema since seven years. In the past, he has worked with brands like Zee Entertainment, Cinestaan.com and The Times Of India.
Kriti Tulsiani is an entertainment journalist and film critic for Times Now Digital and Zoom Digital. She has previously worked with CNN News18 Digital. Apart from writing about cinema, she also covers lifestyle.
Times Now Digital, Zoom Digital
Kshitij Rawat did not unleash himself to the world as a film critic, but such are the vagaries of destiny. He has been reviewing films and TV shows since 2017. Growing up in different parts of the country, he has been exposed to a variety of cultures, something that informs his criticism. He currently works at Wion.
Kunal Guha is a film critic and features writer with Mumbai Mirror.
Hindustan Times Labs
Manoj Kumar.R is half Tamil and half Malayali. Born and bred in Bengaluru, he had the opportunity to grow up with friends from Kannada and Telugu households. So he speaks all four languages of the south. He reviews Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movies for Indianexpress.com
OTT Play, HT Media
Mihir Bhanage is a film critic and has been reviewing films, majorly Marathi, for Times of India since 2014. Besides reviews, he is also an entertainment correspondent for Pune Times. As a viewer, he loves to watch films across genres and languages.
The Times of India, Pune
Monika Rawal is a media professional with 15+ years of experience and is currently working as the Sr Entertainment Editor at HT City, Hindustan Times. Besides her editorial contribution for the newspaper, she started reviewing Hindi language films in 2019.
Poulomi Das is an independent film journalist, critic, editor, and programmer. Her writing on film has appeared in national and international publications including NY Mag, MUBI Notebook, Film Comment, India Today, Firstpost, The Swaddle, The Wire, Film Companion, The Federal, Mint Lounge, and GQ among others.
Independent Film Critic
A former Mumbai Mirror and Catch News critic, Rahul Desai now reviews everything from feature films to shorts and web shows for the Film Companion. He is also a columnist for The Hindu.
Renuka Vyavahare is a film critic with one of India’s leading dailies, The Times of India and also an entertainment correspondent with Bombay Times. She has been reviewing films for the Times Group for over a decade now.
The Times of India
Rohan Naahar is based out of New Delhi, India, and has been reviewing films and television shows for over half-a-decade. He has written for the Hindustan Times and currently writes for the Indian Express
The Indian Express
Rohit Khilnani is an entertainment journalist with close to two decades of experience. He is the Entertainment Editor for the NDTV Group. He is now exploring the digital media along with television. He reviews films for NDTV24X7.
Rohit Vats is an entertainment journalist with News18 Digital. He has worked with the Hindustan Times in the past. He reviews Hindi and English films.
Editor, Entertainment, News18.com
Sachin Chatte is a film critic based in Goa and has been writing about cinema for close to 25 years. He has reviewing films for The Navhind Times, Goa for 20 years and occasionally contributes to other publications.
The Navhind Times, Goa
Saibal Chatterjee is an independent film critic based in Delhi. His weekly reviews appear on www.ndtv.com. He also writes on cinema for The Tribune and The Gulf Today newspapers.
Independent Film Critic
Sangeetha Devi Dundoo is a senior Assistant Editor/Special Correspondent with The Hindu, Hyderabad, and a primary film critic for Telugu cinema. Her 18 years of work have involved 12 years with The Hindu & nearly six years with The Times of India Hyderabad.
The Hindu, Hyderabad
Shilajit Mitra is an entertainment journalist and critic with The New Indian Express. Based in Mumbai, he started out with Times Now Digital and the Zoom website.
Shubhra Gupta is Film Critic and Columnist with The Indian Express.
The Indian Express
Sonal Pandya is the chief content producer for the digital team at Hindustan Times and earlier worked at Cinestaan.com as deputy editor. Prior to becoming a film journalist, she worked as a CG artist and digital compositor in the animation industry.
Independent Film Critic
Srinivasa Ramanujam is a Senior Assistant Editor with The Hindu, Chennai, and a primary film critic for Tamil cinema. His 15+ years of work experience includes being associated extensively The Hindu, The Times of India (Chennai), The Week, ET MadrasPlus and ChennaiOnline.
The Hindu, Chennai
After 10 years of being a prime time radio jockey, Sucharita is now a digital content creator and movie critic. Her YouTube series Not A Movie Review on Film Companion has garnered a sizeable following over the last few years and continues to grow each week.
Independent Film Critic
Sudhir Srinivasan is the Entertainment Editor of the New Indian Express. He has previously written for The Hindu and The Times of India. He is known for his writing on South cinema, especially Tamil Films.
The New Indian Express
Suhani Singh is a Senior Associate Editor with India Today magazine. Apart from covering entertainment and culture beats for print, she reviews films for India Today's digital arm intoday.in and writes a fortnightly column for Mail Today.
Mumbai-born and based Sukanya Verma is a senior film critic, music critic, columnist, features writer, quiz host and columnist with rediff.com for the last 19 years. From 2016, she contributes cinema columns to The Hindu as well.
Sukhpreet Kahlon believes there is a treasure trove of films waiting to be discovered and brought to the fore in India. he has worked with prominent film festivals and likes to keep her finger on the pulse of the growing independent cinema movement.
Independent Film Critic
Suparna Sharma is a senior film critic and journalist. She writes for Rolling Stone and Al Jazeera. She is a former Resident Editor of The Asian Age, Delhi.
The Asian Age & Deccan Chronicle
Tanul Thakur is a National Award-winning film critic and an independent journalist. A film critic for The Wire, he's written features and opinion pieces for The Caravan, Open, Fountain Ink, GQ, and Yahoo! India.
Tatsam Mukherjee has been a New Delhi-based film journalist since 2016. Having contributed reviews to Firstpost, News9, GQ India etc, his byline has also appeared in the likes of Slate, Al Jazeera English, Film Companion among other publications
Uday Bhatia is Film Editor with Mint Lounge in Mumbai. He was previously with Time Out Delhi and The Sunday Guardian. His work has appeared in GQ, The Caravan, Indian Quarterly and other publications.
Udita Jhunjhunwala has more than 20 years of experience as a film critic with national publications such as Mid-Day, DNA, Mint, scroll.in and firstpost.com.
Mint and Scroll.in
Vishal Menon is a film critic with The Hindu, Chennai for the past four years, before which he was a correspondent with Reuters News. He writes about Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi cinema.
Film Companion South
Winners are out now.
Since 2018, the Film Critics Guild and Motion Content Group in collaboration with Vistas Media Capital have persevered to showcase, recognise and reward the best stories coming out of India's burgeoning content landscape. Our aim has unswervingly remained the championing of short films, web series and feature films all on the same platform across all Indian languages, through an unbiased, credible, transparent process that lauds merit, talent and creativity above all else.
In our fourth edition, we awarded content across 23 categories, in a glorious ceremony that took place in Mumbai in March 2022. The Awards ceremony brought together some of India's most talented and sought after actors, directors, producers, writers and technicians, all under the same roof.
You can watch the ceremony here
A show on a mafia family who begin plotting against each other or another that investigates the lives and trials of honest police officers. A series that delves deep into the pre-IIT prep sweat shops or one where a young man learns the quirks of living in a small town. The thriving digital space in India has something for everyone. Comedians, directors, writers, and box office ruling actors have all joined this territory for its promise. Currently, series and short films aren’t considered stepping stones anymore, they are a strong foundation to a space that is the new rage.
This year, India’s most credible film critics, in partnership with Motion Content Group, laud the inventiveness of this growing medium through the Critics’ Choice Awards. In our first edition, the awards recognized short films, in the second we enhanced the awards to include the exciting and burgeoning space of web series and episodic content. This year we aim to continue unearthing and honoring talent from this flourishing space. With a transparent process to identify worthy winners, these awards aim to reward the immense creativity of this industry.
The Awards show took place virtually on 14th February, 2021. Watch it here
The Film Critics Guild and Motion Content Group in collaboration with Vistas Media Capital presents the second edition of the ‘Critics' Choice Film Awards’- a platform to celebrate diversity and flair in Indian films. It is a space to reward and recognize creativity, ingenuity and quality. As a pan-India award, the Critics’ Choice Film Awards will represent the diverse range of film making in the country. It will honor talent and display the rich culture of films across languages, styles and themes. The winners will be selected based on a transparent and bias-free process that is audited to keep it credible. The winners of the Critics’ Choice Film Awards are out! Click Here to watch the India's first virtual awards show.
A show on the murky world of cricket or another that looks into the life and death of India's most well known freedom fighter. A series that delves deep into the pre-IIT prep sweat shops or a romantic series that throws light on the struggles of a long distance relationship. The thriving digital space in India has something for everyone. Comedians, directors, writers and box office ruling actors have all joined this territory for its promise. Currently, series and short films aren't considered stepping stones anymore, they are a strong foundation to a space that is the new rage.
This year, India's most credible film critics, in partnership with Motion Content Group, laud the inventiveness of this growing medium through the Critics' Choice Shorts and Series Awards. In our first edition, the awards recognized short films and this year the awards have been enhanced to include the exciting and burgeoning space of web series and episodic content. With a transparent process to identify worthy winners, these awards aim to reward the immense creativity of this industry. The awards will be held in Mumbai in December 2019.
The Film Critic's Guild in collaboration with the Motion Content Group presents the first ever ‘Critics' Choice Film Awards’- A platform where a cross-section of India's most credible critic's will choose the winners in a transparent and bias-free process.
The Critics' Choice Film Awards is a platform to celebrate diversity and flair in Indian films. It is a space to reward and recognise creativity, ingenuity and quality. As a pan-India award, the Critic' s Choice Film Awards will represent the diverse range of filmmaking in the country. It will honour talent and display the rich culture of films across languages, styles and themes.
The Critics' Choice Film Awards were held in Mumbai on 21st April 2019.
Steven Spielberg’s Amblin’ or Martin Scorsese’s The Big Shave. Lynne Ramsay’s Gasman or Barry Jenkins’ My Josephine. Neeraj Ghaywan’s Juice and Karthik Subbaraj’s Kaatchipizhai. Today, with democratised media and a growing demand for crisper content on personal devices, short films are both a rage and stepping stone.
The Critics' Choice Short Film Awards are one of a kind. India’s most credible film critics join hands with the Motion Content Group to laud the inventiveness of this growing medium. With a transparent process to identify worthy winners, these awards aim to recognise the immense creativity of this industry. The awards were held in Mumbai on 15 December 2018