Deepa Gahlot is a journalist, critic, columnist, editor, and author. She writes extensively on cinema, theatre, the arts, women’s issues for several publications and websites. She has won the National Award for Best Film Criticism, edited several cinema journals. Her work has appeared in anthologies on women’s studies and cinema–Bollywood Popular Indian Cinema, Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema A Visual Journey through the Heart of Bollywood, and Janani. Her books, The Prithviwallahs (co-authored with Shashi Kapoor), and biographies of Shah Rukh Khan and Shammi Kapoor have been published. Two new books, Take 2: 50 Films that Deserve a New Audience and Sheroes: 25 Daring Women of Bollywood have been published this year.She now heads the Theatre and Film department of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai.