Anustup Basu

Associate Professor of English and Media and Cinema Studies


PhD (English and Film Studies) University of Pittsburgh, 2005


Graduate: "The Phenomenology of Information" (2006), "Theories of Cinema" (2010. , Select Undergraduate Courses: Postcolonial Fiction and Film (2006), The Global Western (2007), Survey of World Cinema: Sound Era (2008), Critical Approaches to Literature (2009-10).

Research Interests

Film/Visual Culture, Post-Colonial, Science, Technology, and Digital Media, Theory & Criticism.


Indian Cinema, Media, Politics, and Culture

Work(s) in Progress

“The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships: Helen and the Geo-televisual Aesthetic of Hindi Film.” Journal article in progress. , The Phenomenology of Information. Book Manuscript in progress, 2011.


Anustup Basu is an Associate Professor in English,Media and Cinema Studies, and Criticism at the University of Illinois atUrbana-Champaign. He is the author of Bollywoodin the Age of New Media: The Geo-televisual Aesthetic (Edinburgh, 2010) andthe co-editor of the volumes InterMediain South Asia: The Fourth Screen (Routledge, 2012) and Figurations in Indian Film (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013). His essayson film, media, culture, philosophy, and politics have appeared in journalslike boundary 2, Semiotic Inquiry, Journalof Human Rights, Postscript, South Asian History and Culture, PostModernCulture, and Critical Quarterly. Asa film producer, he made the Bengali feature Herbert (2005) which won the Indian National Award for the BestRegional Film. He has worked as a screenwriter for film and television.  


Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Film and Visual Culture; Information and Sovereignty; Technology, Political Philosophy, and Modernity; Globalization and Postcolonial Theory; South Asian Culture and Politics; Digital Culture.

Research Description

  • Currently I am finishing up two books:

    NehruvianCinema: Bombay and Bengal (1955-1962): a wide ranging theoreticalstudy on the themes of Nationhood, Modernity, and Counter-Memory in Hindi andBengali films made between 1955 and 1962. And Hindutva and AdvertisedModernization: a genealogical study of the invention of Hinduism as a‘Monotheism’ in the modern era. This Semitic ordering of a million differentforms of piety was deemed essential for the emergence of a national sense ofHindu peopleness and demographic identity. The book looks at an earlierliterary moment of this project and then an advertised/mediatized form ofmetropolitan Hinduness that has come to the fore in recent times.  

    Essays forthcoming or in development: 

    “Filmfare and the Regionalization of Bengali Cinema,1955-1965” solicited for Journal of SouthAsian History and Culture. Special Issue on “Popular Cinema in Bengal:Genres, Stardom, Public Cultures.”

    “The Pathos of Decisionist Desire:Contemporary India and the Specter of Narendra Modi.” Solicited for boundary 2.

    Filmfare, Cosmopolitanism, and Bombay Cinema of the Fifties”solicited for an anthology tentatively entitled Industrial Networks of Indian Cinema

    I am also working towards a political philosophy of our digitalinformation environment and its relations with war, consensus, and liberalism 


  • Graduate: Phenomenology of Information, Subaltern Studies: Literature and Film, Film Theory, Teaching of Film Pro-seminar. Undergraduate: Bollywood Cinema, The Global Western, Critical Approaches to Literature, Survey of World Cinema: Sound Era, Postcolonial Fiction and Film, American Cinema since 1950



  • Figurations in Indian Film. Ed. Anustup Basu and Meheli Sen. London: Orient Blackswan, 2014.
  • Basu, Anustup, Sangita Gopal, Amit Rai, and Rajinder Dudrah. Intermedia in South Asia. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Bollywood in the Age of New Media: The Geo-televisual Aesthetic. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

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Book Contributions

  • Basu, Anustup. ""Dharmendra Singh Deol, Masculinity, and the Late-Nehruvian Hero in Hindi Cinema" (forthcoming)." Indian Film Stars. London: BFI, 2018.
  • "”The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships: Helen and Public Femininity in Hindi Film"." Figurations in Indian Film. Ed. Anustup Basu and Meheli Sen. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 139-157.
  • " “Through a Lens Starkly: An Exploration of JU Medialab’s National Instruments Project Archive” ." InterMedia in South Asia. London: Routledge, 2012. 101-111.
  • "The Eternal Return and Overcoming ‘Cape Fear’: Science, Sensation, Superman, and Hindu Nationalism in Recent Hindi Cinema." South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • ""Afterword"." Afterword. Figurations in Indian Film. Comp. Meheli Sen. Ed. Anustup Basu. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • "Bombs and Bytes.." Proud to be Flesh: A Mute Magazine Anthology of Cultural Politics After the Net. Ed. Josephine B. Slater and Pauline Broekman. London: Mute, 2010. 58-65.
  • "The Music of Intolerable Love: Political Conjugality and Dil Se ." Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance. Ed. Sangita Gopal. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. 153-178.

Journal Articles

  • "The 'Indian' Monotheism." boundary 2 39.2 (2012): 111-141.
  • Basu, Anustup. "Reflexiones sobre la Primavera árabe." Archivos Revista de Filosofia 6.7 (2012): 57-76.
  • "“The Passion of the Digital: The Ontology of the Photographic Image in the Age of New Media.” ." Recherches sémiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry 31.1-2-3 (2012): 175-202.
  • "The Eternal Return and Overcoming ‘Cape Fear’: Science, Sensation, Superman, and Hindu Nationalism in Recent Hindi Cinema." South Asian History and Culture 2 .4 (2011): 557-571.
  • "Encounters in the City: Cops, Criminals, and Human Rights in Hindi Film." Journal of Human Rights 9.II (2010): 175-190.
  • "Hindutva and Informatic Modernization." boundary 2 35.3 (2008): 239-50.
  • "Mantras of the Metropole: Digital Inscription and Mythic Curvatures of Profane Time." Postscript 25.3 (2006): 65-78.
  • "Nayak O Yug Badoler Kabyo: Bharatiyo Challochitro O Bishwayan [Bengali – “Nayak and the Epic of Changing Times: Indian Cinema and Globalization”] ." Ababhaas 5.3 (2005): 216-33.
  • "Bombs and Bytes: Sovereign Power and Global Information Flows." Mute 27.1 (2004): 64-71.
  • "The Human and His Spectacular Autumn, or, Informatics After Philosophy." PostModern Culture 14.3 (2004): 24 Oct. 2004. <>.
  • "State of Security and Warfare of Demons." Critical Quarterly 45.1-2 (2003): 11-32.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • Basu, Anustup, Rajinder Dudrah, Sangita Gopal, and Amit Rai. New Media Ecologies. Spec. iss. of South Asian Popular Culture 8.II (2010):


  • Rev. of Apu and After: Re-Visiting Ray’s Cinema by Moinak Biswas. Guild’s Quarterly 12.5 (2007): 58-65.
  • "McMilitarism to Go." Rev. of Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War, by Retort (Iain Boal, T. J. Clark, Joseph Matthews & Michael Watts).Mute (2006): 17 Apr. 2006. <>.
  • Rev. of Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies, ed. Crystal Bartolovich. Review of Radical Political Economics 37.2 (2005): 240-243.

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