Vijay Singh is an Indian film-maker, screenplay-writer and novelist 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. Since the early eighties, he has written extensively for Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, Libération, the Guardian and several other international newspapers.
Over the last two decades, he has written and directed four acclaimed films which have been showcased at scores of international film festivals, often in competition. Jaya Ganga, his lavishly-reviewed first feature, ran for 49 weeks in the Paris cinemas, before repeating a similar story in the UK. His second feature 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 cliché or caricature.”
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 Poignardée (Flammarion 1987), Whirlpool of Shadows (Jonathan Cape, 1992; Rupa 2005), and The River Goddess (Gallimard Jeunesse/Moonlight 1994). In a selection made by the Booker Prize-winner Barry Unsworth, Whirlpool of Shadows was listed in the Sunday Times (UK) as a “Best Book of 1992”. His books have been translated into French and other European languages.