Nasreen Munni Kabir

Born in Hyderabad, India, Nasreen Munni Kabir is a London-based documentary filmmaker/author who has written several books on Hindi cinema, including Guru Dutt, a life in cinema (OUP, India, 1996), Talking Films/Talking Songs with Javed Akhtar (OUP, India 1999/2005), Bollywood, the Indian Cinema Story (Channel 4 Books/ PanMacmillan, 2000) Yours Guru Dutt (Roli Books, 2004) and The Immortal Dialogue of Mughal-e-Azam (Oxford, Delhi, 2006), The Immortal Dialogue of Awaara (Niyogi Books, Delhi, 2009) and The Immortal Dialogue of Mother India (to be released February 2010, Niyogi Books, Delhi, 2009). She is currently working on Talking Music with A R Rahman, to be released in 2011.

Her many documentaries, produced for Channel 4 TV (UK), include Follow that Star (Amitabh Bachchan), the 49-part series Movie Mahal, Lata in her own voice (1991), How to make a Bollywood Movie (1999), How to make it Big in Bollywood (2000) and The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan (2005, Channel 4/Red Chillies). In 1999, she won the first Asian Womens’ Achievement Award for her work promoting Indian cinema in the UK, and is a former governor on the board of the British Film Institute, serving a six-year term. A consultant to Channel 4 for over 27 years, she continues to curate their annual 20-part Indian film season.