Suketu Mehta

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Suketu Mehta is a writer based in New York City.[1] He was born in Kolkata, India, to Gujarati parents and raised in Mumbai where he lived until his family moved to the New York area in 1977.[1][2] He has attended New York University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.[1]

His autobiographical account of his experiences in the city of Mumbai, Maximum City, was published in 2004.[1] The book, based on two and a half years research,[3] explores the underbelly of the sprawling city.[1] It was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Suketu Mehta also co-wrote the screenplay to the Bollywood film Mission Kashmir with novelist Vikram Chandra.

Suketu lives in Manhattan. He is currently working on a book about the New York City immigrant experience. He joined the New York University journalism faculty in 2008.



  • "In the Violent Favelas of Brazil". The New York Review of Books. 15 August 2013.
  • Maximum City. Knopf. 2004. ISBN 978-0-67004-921-9.


As Writer[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
2000 Mission Kashmir Vidhu Vinod Chopra
2008 8 Mira Nair Segment "How Can It Be?"
New York, I Love You Segment 2


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