I recently completed my PhD (publication due) in the field of Film- and Media Studies at the University of Tübingen under the able guidance of Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall.

The title of my Doctoral Thesis is “The Becoming of a Hero. Identity conflicts in contemporary Hindi cinema“. In my thesis, I focus on the following issues: 

  • Identity and identity conflicts
  • Culture and cultural conflicts
  • The phenomenon of Othering
  • Discourses on nationalism and evolution of Indian nationalism
  • Instruments of discrimination: Religion, Caste, Gender and Intersectionality
  • Modernity and Globalization conflicts
  • Evolution of Indian cinema and different genres, meta-genres



In addition to my interest in Indian cinema, I have other diverse research interests in the field of Media Studies. Some of the I topics that I am interested in are : 

  • Serial storytelling 
  • Emergence of streaming platforms and Television on Demand 
  • Erinnerungskultur or Remembrance culture
  • Representations of Jewish culture in recent television serials
  • German series focussing on Post-War Germany
  • Polarisation of Media 
  • Social Media and Rise of Populism 
  • Media systems and media ethics


  • Ēkākī nārī. Satyajit Rays einsame Frauen im Aufbruch zur Eigenständigkeit in the series Film Konzepte, Journal Nr. 39. edition text + kritik, Boorberg Verlag, München. 2015. (Pg. 37-54) 
  • FOTOS From Germany South Asia Tour: Unterrichtsvorschläge Porzellan. Edited by Goethe Institut, Hueber Verlag and Pasch. Goyal Publishers, New Delhi. 2010. 


  • Doctoral Thesis : The Becoming of a Hero. Identity conflicts in contemporary Hindi cinema.
  • Das doppelte Schweigen: Erinnerungskultur in Indien. (appearing in 2022 in the Anthology “In Erinnerung bringen: Medienkulturen im Wandel”, Ed. Susanne Marschall, Herbert von Halem Verlag, Köln.)