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About the Author MOHAN SIROYA
Academically a double Post Graduate ,worked as a Sr. Professional Manager in MNCs in Mumbai for 30 yrs. Thereafter ,he also dabbled in Advertising profession. Simultaneously, has also been freelancing as a Film Journalist/Critic for last 55 years as his passion . He has been a prolific writer , having written analytical and critical articles on Entertainment Industry and detailed reports of International Film Festivals of India , in numerous English periodicals. Named a few are - The Indian Express, FilmFare, Film World, Picturpost, Cine Advance, Screen , The Hitavada, Lokmat Times , Nav Hind Times,The Twin City Times , Film Industry Journal, Day After, Femina , Eve’s Weekly, Free Press Journal , Blitz , Gentleman , Time & Tide etc.etc.
Presently he is a regular columnist for a couple of periodicals and the Founder Editor-Writer-Critic of the Web portal shadow playindia.com. So far Mr. Siroya has written about 7000 articles/features on films and general topics. He is the founder president of the Freelance Film Journalists Combine (FFJC-. now renamed as FMJC)), a registered association of Freelance Media Journalists all over India.
He is also a regular letter writer of national standing , having published about 3500 letters so far in the prestigious national dailies. For this achievement, he has received PATRA RATNA award, twice from the All India Letter Writers Association , a registered body ,of which presently he is the National Vice President. A few of his letters published in journals all over the world, have been published in an International reference book “PEN POWER”.
He is also a Social and Consumer Activist . Presently he is the Chairperson of Consumer Complaints Cell , an NGO at Mumbai. “The Times of India” , and “The Nav-Bharat Times” had eulogized his selfless and free services by calling him a “City Angel” in a feature published on him. Also a Social Activist , having held many prestigious offices in the International Association of Lions Clubs and won numerous awards for his achievements. Mr. Siroya is 75 years young at heart and very much active. Believes in living life king size, with a flair for Shayari , Humour and Literature .
on Nov. 04, 2013 :
Mohan Siroya has been writing since 1959. That proves two things: first, that he is one of the senior-most film journalists still around, and second, that he wears his 70+ years well. In this compilation, he presents a collage of his writings about film personalities, including music figures, both of the interview variety and the analytical form. In his foreword, Basu Chatterjee mentions that Mohanjee’s views are somewhat prudish, but that may be a reflection of the times he represented. A regular at international film festivals and the founding President of the Freelance Film Journalists’ Combine (now re-named Freelance Media Journalists’ Combine), Mohan begins his interviews section with Amitabh Bachchan, an alphabetical boon. Some of the interviews, like the Anil Kapoor one, are really long, nine pages in PDF. Others are medium-sized. Some are really short. An interesting piece is the panel discussion he moderated between Gulzar, Shabd Kumar and Javed Siddiqui, three of Hindustani cinema’s foremost writers. The publications Siroya wrote for include national dailies, regional dailies, film monthlies and his own, Shadow Play. Easy reading for most part, this Sojourn is a comprehensive chronicle of the Golden days, 1959-2009.
Film-critic, Editor, Lecturer in Media
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