|Biography / Director's filmography
Vijay Singh is an Indian film-maker and writer living in Paris.
After studying History at St Stephen's College, Delhi, and the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, he moved to Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, for his doctoral work.
While he was still a student in the early eighties, he started contributing articles to the French press and has, since, written extensively for Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, Libération, Guardian and several other newspapers.
Over the years, he began to devote more time and energy to literary work. He is the author of several books that have won wide critical acclaim: Jaya Ganga, In Search of the River Goddess, (Penguin, 1989), La Nuit Poignardée (Flammarion, 1987), Whirlpool of Shadows (Jonathan Cape, 1992), The River Goddess (Gallimard Jeunesse/Moonlight, 1994). His books are translated into
French and other European languages.
Many years after he wrote and directed a play, Waiting for Beckett by Godot (1976), he made Man and Elephant (1989), a 30' film, which has been shown on over 100 television channels the world over. The film was awarded the Grand Prix La Titine 2002 for Best Film in Switzerland.
Jaya Ganga was his first feature film. It ran for 49 weeks in the cinemas of Paris, before playing on over 90 screens in the UK. His second feature One Dollar Curry was released in India, France and UK and highly acclaimed by the press. He is now working on his next feature which is adapted from his novel Whirlpool of Shadows (www.vijaysingh.net).
Vijay Singh was awarded the Centre National des Lettres fellowship on two occasions, the Leonardo da Vinci Award for screenplay writing and the Prix Villa Médicis hors les murs for foreign literature in 1990.