Anustup Basu

Associate Professor


Anustup Basu is an Associate Professor in English, Media and Cinema Studies, and Criticism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of  Hindutva as Political Monotheism (forthcoming from Duke University Press, 2020), Bollywood in the Age of New Media: The Geo-televisual Aesthetic (Edinburgh, 2010) and the co-editor of the volumes InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen (Routledge, 2012) and Figurations in Indian Film (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013). His essays on film, media, culture, philosophy, and politics have appeared in journals like boundary 2, Semiotic Inquiry, Journal of Human Rights, Postscript, South Asian History and Culture, PostModern Culture, and Critical Quarterly. As a film producer, he made the Bengali feature Herbert (2005) which won the Indian National Award for the Best Regional Film. He has worked as a screenwriter for film and television, having recently co-written the upcoming Hindi feature film Nazarbandh (2019).

Research Interests

Film and Media, the political philosophy of information, postcolonial theory, digital cultures, science and technology. 

Research Description

Basu is currently working on two book projects:

Nehruvian Cinema: Bombay and Bengal (1955-1962) (tentative title): This is a wide ranging theoretical study on the themes of Nationhood, Modernity, and Memory in Hindi and Bengali films made between 1955 and 1962. 

The Phenomenology of Information: Film Theory in the Age of Digital and New Media (tentative title): A monograph on the philosophical dimensions of our digital information environment and its relations with war, consensus, and political liberalism



Awards and Honors


Criticism and Interpretive Theory Senior Research Fellow (2018-2020), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Media and Cinema Studies

Recent Publications

Basu, A. (Accepted/In press). “Filmfare, Cosmopolitanism, and Bombay Cinema of the Fifties”. In M. Mukherjee, & M. Mehta (Eds.), Industrial Networks and Indian Cinema London: Routledge.

Basu, A. (Accepted/In press). Hindutva as Political Monotheism. Duke University Press.

Basu, A. (Accepted/In press). Dharmendra Singh Deol, Masculinity, and the Late-Nehruvian Hero in Hindi Cinema. In M. Lawrence (Ed.), Indian Film Stars London: BFI.

Basu, A. (2018). Filmfare and the question of Bengali cinema (1955–65). South Asian History and Culture, 9(2), 141-158.

Basu, A. (2013). "The face that launched a thousand ships": Helen and public femininity in Hindi film. In M. Sen, & A. Basu (Eds.), Figurations in Indian Film (pp. 139-157). Palgrave Macmillan.

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