South Asia Resources by Topic
Film and Cinema Studies
We have interpreted South Asian cinema in the broadest sense, to include not only Bombay/Mumbai-based Bollywood and other popular cinemas of South Asia (such as Lahore-based Lollywood), but also fringe and art-house cinema, shorts and documentaries.
We have also included all genre of films made outside of South Asia by South Asian or South Asia diasporic writers, filmmakers, producers and directors.
Although the industry and the resources on the Web are dominated by India, we have included information, where available, about film and cinema in other countries of South Asia.
A bibliography/cinematography of films directed by both filmmakers in and outside South Asia. It includes documentary shorts, dramas and feature films.
BFI guide to South Asian Cinema
The BFI guide includes a complete introduction to Indian cinema, fifty essential South Asian films and information on contemporary South Asian cinema.
Explores to identify a notion of British Asian film, and these films do often have Asian themes and may be seen to share a number of features, including relatively low budgets.
International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)
The IIFA promotes Indian cinema globally. The IIFA organises film festivals, awards and workshops.
Cinema Indian Posters- The V&A
A collection of Indian cinema posters covering a range of themes and historical periods from both pre and post independent India.
South Asian Documentary Film Making.
Material includes the history, documentary film reviews, and interviews with filmmakers, and listings of academic institutes, societies and a bibliography. Contains resources on Indian/South Asian documentary films.
IndianCinema- Blockbusters and beyond
An open forum discussing all the latest news about Bollywood and Indian cinema.
Celebrating Indian Cinema (Directors and Stars)
A guide to biographies of some of the most influential filmmakers in Indian cinema. Links include genres, posters and Indian cinematography.
National Film Development Corporation (NFDC)
NFDC of India is a central agency that promotes a strong cinema movement in India. Its aim is to foster ties with the filmmaking world and it is involved in funding and producing films. Includes a film catalogue.
San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival
Founded in 2002, this San Franciscobased organisation provides information on monthly film screenings and its annual film festival. There is an opportunity to view local, national and international work.
All the latest Bollywood gossip, news, reviews and a photo gallery of Indian Actors.
- Bollywood Premiere
Bollywood trailers, reviews, gossip, music and a Bollywood newsletter.
- Bollywood News and Gossip
All the latest news press releases of up and coming Bollywood films, filmographies and a list of the current top ten movies.
- Tamil Cinema
A guide to Tamil cinema with up to date latest film related news, reviews, film trailers and Tamil music.
- Tamil Movies
Gossip and news in the world of Tamil cinema.
Lollywood (Pakistani Films)
A look at the history of Pakistani filmmaking and the various visual art institutes that can be found across the country.
Film history of Bangladesh
An article on national cinema and the beginning of film history in/of Bangladesh.
Covers the history of Bengali cinema, news and biographies.
Nepal Film Producers' Association
NFPA was created in 1998 to protect and promote the cinema culture of Nepal.
- Nepal Film Development Company Limited
An examination of the Nepali film industry including its history and the difficulties it faces with competition from Bollywood.
- Screening the past : an international, refereed journal of visual media and history
An electronic journal of film and media studies produced by Latrobe University (Melbourne, Australia). There are occasional articles relating to South Asian film and cinema.
- The Satyajit Ray Film and Study Collection
Tongues on Fire
Tongues on Fire is a not-for-profit organisation and aims to provide a platform for independent film with a link to South Asia.
- Film South Asia
Film festival held every two years in Kathmandu to promote South Asian documentary filmmaking. It also organizes screenings, discussions and workshops across South Asia and around the world
South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF)
Festival founded in New York City support film makers from South Asia and in the diaspora.
South Asian Literatures in English Literatures in English
We have interpreted “South Asian literatures in English” very broadly to include British writers from the colonial period (such as Rudyard Kipling and E. M. Forster); South Asian writers (such as R. K. Narayan, Arundhati Roy, Raja Rao, Manju Kapur, Shashi Deshpande, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni) and writers of the South Asian diaspora (such as V. S. Naipaul, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, Monica Ali and Hanif Kureshi).
This British Council website is a useful source for background information on writers. It provides biographical details, bibliographies and critical perspectives on a range of British writers, including British Asian/South Asian diasporic writers. The site can be searched by author name.
Postcolonial Web : Literature & Culture of the Indian subcontinent
Hosted by the University of Singapore, entries for individual authors list their main writings and discuss the characterization, genres, themes and images in their work. Includes history, religious and political context and structure of gender relationships in which they are working. There is a section devoted to post-colonial theory itself.
Another Subcontinent : South Asian Society & Culture
Another Subcontinent is a non-profit group that seeks to foster an interactive understanding of South Asian society and culture.
Cerebration’s goal is to create a trans-cultural space for critical thought and creative work. Submissions cover a wide variety of topics and issues ranging from politics, culture and literature to science, art, music and films.
- DesiLit : building support for South Asian and diasporic writing
DesiLit was founded in 2004, and works to build support for South Asian and diasporic writers. The site includes DesiLit Magazine (with its emphasis on contemporary writing) and a weblog.
- Red Earth
Red Earth is devoted to designing events such as performances, talks and workshops and fostering artistic and cultural activity in various other ways like publications and art exhibitions; with a premium on aestheticism and innovation.
South Asian Literature Festival
A platform for promoting and discussing the literature of South Asia including emerging and established writers.
South Asian Women’s Creative Collective
The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective is an organization dedicated to the advancement, visibility and development of emerging and established South Asian women artists, including writers.
SADAA : South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive
SADAA’s digital archive is a free online resource featuring collections of South Asian literature, art, theatre, dance and music by British based artists and organisations
The SASIALIT mailing list : Literature of South Asia and the Indian diaspora
This discusses contemporary literature of South Asia ( Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka ), including works by authors of South Asian origin throughout the world. Examples of authors discussed might include: Vikram Chandra, Anita Desai, Farrukh Dhondy, Amitav Ghosh, Romesh Gunesekera, Hanif Kureishi, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Vickram Seth.