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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS
Blogger & Founder, GangsofCinepur
Filmmaker & Educator

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 20 Jul 2024 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Free Entry on a First Come First Served basis on RSVP and availability.


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Engage in a thought-provoking fireside chat on the representation of mental illness and health in movies with a panel of filmmakers, mental health professionals and film bloggers.

Through this session, the panellists and audience will examine the impact of cinematic portrayals of public perception and stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Presented by: Rohini Nilekani Centre for Brain and Mind – NIMHANS
Sponsored by: IBRO & Dana Foundation
In collaboration with: Rohini Nilekani Centre for Brain and Mind – NCBS, Department of Mental Health Education, NIMHANS
Coordinators: Anushka Banerjee & Kadambari Patil
Organisers: Dr Reeteka Sud, Dr Biju Viswanath, Dr YC Janardhan Reddy, Dr Meena KS, Dr Ranjana Sarma & Shatabdi Pal
Designer: Sukriti Chordiya



Suhas Satish

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS

Dr. Suhas Satish, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, holds an M.D. in Psychiatry and a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neurosciences and Therapeutics in Schizophrenia from the same institution. His career is marked by accolades such as the Early Career Fellowship from the World Psychiatric Association and the NIMHANS Silver Jubilee Award (University Gold Medal) for being the top student in the university. He also received the Frank Noronha Award (Formerly known as the Best Outgoing Resident Award) in 2018. With over 80+ peer-reviewed publications, he has an h-index and i-10 index of 9, Dr. Satish researchs adult psychiatric disorders, and works extensively on precision psychiatry and neuromodulation. His upcoming aim is to use digital innovations including AI/ML and VR in mental healthcare delivery to ensure early interventions and positive treatment outcomes.

Basundhara Ghosh

Blogger & Founder, GangsofCinepur

Basundhara is the creative force behind @gangsofcinepur, an Instagram film blog dedicated to exploring the rich tapestry of Indian cinema. She shares her insights with film enthusiasts worldwide and is involved in collaborative efforts to support indigenous cinema. Professionally, she is a postdoctoral researcher under the DST-INSPIRE program at IISc Bengaluru, with a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Geneva. Her unique blend of expertise in both cinema and science allows her to seamlessly navigate and contribute to both fields with depth and insight.

Suneel Raghavendra


An Engineering graduate turned Filmmaker, Suneel is primarily focused on screenwriting and direction in the Independent Kannada cinema space. He is drawn to real life as the guiding force of his work, and so is passionate about understanding the role of popular culture in everyday lives. In films, he has also worked in the arenas of script consultation, production planning, subtitling and in front of the camera as an actor. Apart from filmmaking, his areas of work include audio production: podcasts and audiobooks; theatre, as a playwright, director, and actor; and as an educator/trainer in film and theatre.

Vrinda Samartha


Vrinda Samartha is the co-founder of Believe Films, a boutique production house based out of Bangalore. As a filmmaker, Vrinda’s work spans across genres and formats. Her notable work includes Limitless, a feature documentary that travelled to many prestigious festivals including the River to River Florence Film Festival, and New York Indian Film Festival and was streaming on Netflix worldwide. Limitless is listed among the top 10 documentaries of the year 2020 in the list compiled by India Today. The film was also listed by GQ as one of the five documentaries to watch. In 2019, Vrinda won a grant from GIZ (Germany) towards making a documentary on women entrepreneurs in India. This documentary short Ritu Goes Online had its world premiere at the 19-19-year-old INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (Brazil) 2020. It was screened at many prestigious international film festivals including Short Shorts Film Festival (Japan), HBO South Asian International Film Festival (New York), Art House Asia, and Stuttgart Indian International Film Festival. The film won the best documentary award at Women Voices Now, HBO South Asian Film Festival and Fentress Film Festival. In 2023, Vrinda directed a Perinatal Mental Health Awareness film for the UNICEF program run by NIMHANS, Bengaluru. It has always been her endeavour to find interesting stories to create films that would engage and continue important conversations.

Anmol Tikoo

Filmmaker & Educator

Anmol Tikoo is a filmmaker and educator, most recently at the United World College, where he taught philosophy and film. He has worked on Indian and international film projects and written for various media outlets.