Raj Amit Kumar

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Raj Amit Kumar
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Born (1978-04-01) 1 April 1978 (age 36)
Residence Florida, USA
Nationality Indian
Education PhD candidate
Alma mater

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

City University of New York
Occupation Filmmaker
Organization 69 Productions

Raj Amit Kumar is a filmmaker, whose socio-political drama Blemished Light[1] is in post-production. He founded 69 Productions with the commitment to telling stories that speak of "unfreedom" in human life.[2]

Media Academic[edit]

He graduated with a Masters of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies from College of Staten Island (CUNY) in 2006[3] where he received the George Custen Memorial Award for Academic Excellence. He has also been awarded by the National Scholarship of India for Academic Excellence, and a First Prize in Faculty Screenwriting Award at University Film and Video Association (UFVA) 2009.[4]

Having finished his PhD coursework[5] in Cinema and Media studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) he began work on his first feature length film Blemished Light.

He is also a media academic, teacher, and writer. He has taught cinema theory and history at both his alma maters, City University of New York and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, between the years 2005 to 2009. His writings and research papers have been published and presented at various conferences as well.[6]


Having made the documentaries Low Budget Libido and Babu in Bollywood; Blemished Light, a socio-political drama is his first feature. Set in New York and New Delhi,[7] it deals with issues of identity and violence.

The film stars Victor Banerjee[8] and Adil Hussain.[9] In a recent interview, Victor Banerjee commended Raj Amit Kumar for his approach to sex and violence in this film, which were an essential part of the story and screenplay even though he has usually condemned the vulgarity with which these are approached in mainstream cinema.[10]

National Film Awards winner Hari Nair is the cinematographer of the film.[11] Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty is doing the Sound Design and Original Music Score is by Filmfare Awards winner Wayne Sharpe and Jesse Kotansky.

The script for this film won the first prize in the 2009 Faculty Screenwriting Competition at University Film and Video Association.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "American Indian director Amit to make BLEMISHED LIGHT – Yahoo! News India". In.news.yahoo.com. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Samrat Chakrabarti's experience with Kamal Haasan and Victor Banerjee". 27 October 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Alumni – CSI Media Culture". Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Recent Graduate Student News – SIUC MCMA". www.facebook.com. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Director's Note – Blemished Light". Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ghost Town: The Forgotten History of Grant Road’s Cinemas". Mumbai Boss. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Life of Pi's Hussain is thankful". 19 December 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Victor signs Indian-American director's film – Movies News – Bollywood – ibnlive". Ibnlive.in.com. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "'Grey Matter – Bollywood's latest discovery – Adil Hussain seeks complex roles in the industry'". 28 December 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Is it time to get serious with Bollywood films?". 5 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hit by the shutter bug". 18 October 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Recent Graduate Student News – SIUC MCMA". www.facebook.com. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 

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