About

Ajay Bhardwaj is a documentary filmmaker based in Delhi, currently pursuing a PhD in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Studies (from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) and in Mass Communications (from the AJK Mass Communications Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi).

Having worked in the thick of media for over two decades, Bhardwaj has been making documentaries since 1997, starting with Ek Minute Ka Maun ( A Minute of Silence), on the martyrdom of former President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s student union Chandrashekhar Prasad, which exposed some of the basic fault-lines of Indian politics and society.

Since 2002, while working on different themes, he has had a constant engagement with the north-western state of Punjab, interrogating all its mainstream narratives of culture, politics, history and identity. These explorations have emerged in a documentary trilogy:  Milange Babey Ratan De Mele Te (Let’s Meet at Baba Ratan’s Fair); Rabba Hun Kee Kariye (Thus Departed our neighbours) and Kitte Mil Ve Mahi (Where the Twain Shall Meet). His documentaries have been screened at international film festivals, academic conferences, and community and activist events.

 

Email him at ajayunmukt@gmail.com. Follow Ajay on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.