Aruna Vasudev

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Aruna Vasudev
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France, 2010
Aruna Vasudev Roy
Spouse(s)Sunil Roy
ChildrenYamini Roy

Aruna Vasudev is an Indian critic, author, editor, painter, maker of documentaries and is considered an eminent scholar on Asian cinema.[1][2] She has also been described as the mother of Asian Cinema.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Vasudev was born in 1936.

Vasudev's sister Uma Vasudev is also a writer-director.

Vasudev married Sunil Roy Chowdhary who was an Indian diplomat. She chose to retain her maiden name after marriage.[4] She lost him to cancer.

In the early 1960s, she attended film classes in New York where her father was working and created a number of short documentaries after her return to India. She has a doctorate from the University of Paris on cinema and censorship.[citation needed] Her PhD thesis was published as a book titled “Liberty and Licence in the Indian Cinema” in 1979.[1]


Vasudev currently serves as Director of Osian's-Connoisseurs of Art Private Limited.[2] She is also one of the Trustees of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust in India.

She started as a greenhorn helping in the makeup rooms of Doordarsan in 1960.[5]

She launched Cinemaya in 1988 as a publication that showcases film-makers from Asia. In 1991, she founded the internationally renowned NETPAC as an organisation to forward the cause of Asian films.[4]

Since 1990, she has been the president or jury member of international film festivals including Karlovy Vary(1997), Locarno, Cannes (Camera d'Or), Las Palmas, Pusan Singapore, Fajr (Tehran), and Antalya.[citation needed]


In 1997, Vasudev won the Korean Cinema Award at the Pusan International Film Festival.

In 2004, she was conferred the Italian Star of Solidarity medal.[6]

In 2006, Vasudev got a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cinemanila International Film Festival.

In 2015, Vasudev was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2nd edition of the International Film Festival of Colombo for her contributions towards putting Asian cinema on the international map.[7] At the Hawaii International Film Festival the same year, Vasudev won a Vision in Film Award.

She was awarded the Star of Italian Solidarity and the Chevalier of Arts and Letters, the highest titles from two major film-producing countries, Italy and France.[4]

The Tripoli Film Festival has named its prize for Best Writing on Cinema as the “Aruna Vasudev Award”.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Lifetime Achievement Awards - Aruna Vasudev and Adoor Gopalakrishnan - IFFCOLOMBO 2015 - International Film Festival of Colombo 2015". Archived from the original on 2019-03-06. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  2. ^ a b "Aruna Vasudev: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  3. ^ a b "Aruna Vasudev gets 4 lifetime awards in 1 year". 2016-01-22. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  4. ^ a b c "Power Moment: Aruna Vasudev". Verve Magazine. 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  5. ^ "The Telegraph - Calcutta : Weekend". Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  6. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation". Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  7. ^ Ramakrishnan, T. (2015-10-27). "Adoor, Aruna Vasudev to be honoured at Colombo Film festival". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-11-22.

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