Vijay Singh


Vijay Singh is an Indian film-maker, screenplay-writer and novelist living in Paris.

After studying History at St Stephen's College, Delhi, and at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he moved to the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, for his doctoral work.

Since the early eighties, he has written extensively for Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, Liberation, Guardian and several other international newspapers. 

Over the last two decades, he has written and directed four acclaimed films. Jaya Ganga (Jaya, fille du Gange), his widely-reviewed first feature, ran for 49 weeks in the Paris cinemas, before repeating a similar story in the UK. The Guardian described it as “a mesmerising film... one of the most authentic depictions of everyday Indian magic ever screened."

Vijay Singh’s second feature film One Dollar Curry was released in India, France and the UK and praised by the international press. Reviewing One Dollar Curry, BBC Movies commented: “Infinitely more subtle than the spate of recent British diaspora pictures, this likably low-key gem effortlessly combines European and Bollywood influences without lapsing into cliche or caricature.”

Vijay Singh is also the writer-director of two documentaries, including Chami and Ana the Elephant  (Man and Elephant / L’Homme et l'elephant) which has been shown on nearly 100 television channels worldwide. India by Song is his latest film due for release in August 2010.

Before stepping into the world of cinema, Vijay Singh had published several books that had won wide critical acclaim: Jaya Ganga, In Search of the River Goddess, (Penguin 1989; Rupa 2005), La Nuit Poignardee (Flammarion 1987), Whirlpool of Shadows (Jonathan Cape, 1992; Ramsay 1992; Rupa 2005), and The River Goddess (Gallimard Jeunesse 1993; Moonlight 1994). His books have been translated into French and other European languages.

Vijay Singh is now working on his next feature, The Opium Symphony, which is adapted from his novel Whirlpool of Shadows.

Vijay Singh’s films have been nominated for Best Film awards at several renowned festivals. Chami and Ana the Elephant  (Man and Elephant/L’Homme et L’Elephant) was awarded the Grand Prix des Enfants ‘La Titine 2002’ in Switzerland. He is also the recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Award in 1994 for screenplay writing and the Prix Villa Medicis hors les murs for foreign literature in 1990.

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JAYA GANGA (Jaya, Fille du Gange) 1996



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