Khalid Mohamed

Khalid Mohamed started as reviewer and co-editor, during his teenaged years, for Close-Up, a film society quarterly magazine. He then covered crime, politics and the arts for The Times of India, Mumbai, from the mid-1970s, engaged in daily reporting and film criticism. Appointed Media Editor of the paper, he was next editor of Filmfare magazine, while continuing as the daily’s film critic for 27 years. He reviewed television for The Economic Times besides contributing articles to The Illustrated Weekly of India and Femina. His writing has also featured in India Today, The Indian Express, The Telegraph, the international film weekly Variety and in Sunday Observer, London. He was film critic for Mid-day, Senior Editor of DNA newspaper, and National Culture Editor and film critic for Hindustan Times. Currently, he is Consulting Editor to the Deccan Chronicle-Asian Age media group. A post-graduate in Political Science from Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College, he has translated eminent painter MF Husain’s autobiography—Where Art Thou?—from Hindustani to English. He has written the original stories and screenplays for three films by Shyam Benegal: Mammo, Sardari Begum and Zubeidaa. He wrote the original stories and screenplays and also directed the films Fiza, Tehzeeb and Silsiilay. Two years ago, he debuted as a playwright and director of the stageplay Kennedy Bridge. His documentary The Last Irani Chai has been screened widely. His second documentary Little Big People, on Mumbai’s street children, has made news for its eye-opening portrayal of reality. Presently, he is at work on a documentary on Shyam Benegal, and his first novel. After Two Mothers and Other Stories, Faction: Short Stories by 22 Film Personalities is his second collection.