Bharathi S Pradhan

An acclaimed author, a brilliant editor, and a smart columnist, Bharathi S. Pradhan has been there and done all that. Coming from a family of journalists, she did not want to walk the same path and instead, wanted to do something different. Her grandfather is believed to have started the first newspaper in Kerala that provided news in the English language. Her father worked with The Economic Times, a part of The Times of India, and her sister worked in Femina. In this spirit of rebellion, she chose commerce instead of arts, during her school days at Holy Angels’ Convent in Chennai, to distinguish herself from the rest of her journalist family. But destiny brought her back to the family business of writing and journalism somehow. It so happened that during her last year at school, some of her friends introduced her to Hindi films. Upon seeing the absurdity of these movies, she began writing her views on these films in the form of letters, and sent them to two of the most prominent magazines of that time-  Filmfare, and Star & Style. Her later meeting with the editors of these magazines earned her various job offers and helped kick start her career as a journalist.

Today, a critically acclaimed author, she has risen to fame through her works in the field of both fiction and nonfiction, alike. Some of her works are Valentine Lover, an imitation of a Mills and Boons novel, Colas, Mr. Bidi, Cars & Communal Harmony, and her biographies of Shatrughan Sinha and Medha Jalota titled Anything But Khamosh, and Heartfelt: The Inspirational Story of Medha Jalota, respectively. She is a film critic and has worked with Reader’s Digest, Mid-Day, Femina, Movie, and The Telegraph, as a Sunday columnist. Her other accomplishments include being a jury member for the Indian Panorama of IFFI 2015, and chairperson at the National Awards. She presided for the category of Best Writing on Cinema.

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