Notes on Editing

Surabhi Sharma in conversation with Bina Paul and Namrata Rao  |  8 October 2017  |  New Delhi

Surabhi Sharma will be in conversation with Bina Paul and Namrata Rao, editors whose work has defined pathbreaking films in Indian cinema. Both editors have worked on fiction and non-fiction films. The session will try to delve into the warp and weft of what their film editing practice constitutes, and how this has shaped key cinematic moments. Both editors began editing in different eras which saw the rise of different technologies. The conversation will try and probe how this technological change has influenced their practice, and the world of images and sound they have shaped.

Surabhi Sharma

Surabhi Sharma studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and made her first film in 2001.
She has worked on several feature length documentaries apart from some short fiction films and video installations.  Her key concern has been documenting cities in transition through the lens of labour, music and migration, and most recently reproductive labour. Cinema verite and ethnography are the genres that inform her filmmaking.

Bina Paul

Bina Paul, Regional Director, LV Prasad Film & TV Academy, is an alumnus of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 1983. She has been working as a film editor for the last 20 years. Bina has worked with many leading filmmakers in India and has won several State and National Awards for Editing. Some of the films she has edited are: Amma Ariyan, Agnisakshi, Janmadinam, Mitr, My Friend, Dance like a Man, In Othello and Daya Dir. She has worked as Senior Editor at the Center for the Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT) for 10 years. She was also the Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala for thirteen years and was instrumental in making it one of the largest and most popular film festivals in Asia. Bina has served on film juries at numerous festivals including Berlin, Durban, Locarno, Romania and Zanzibar. She has also been involved with teaching at various institutes and is a regular guest faculty at FTII. She has mentored filmmakers at various international forums. Bina has been executive producer and directed documentary films on various issues including women’s sexual and reproductive rights, old age, and various educational campaigns. Currently Vice Chairperson of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy and Vice President on the NETPAC Executive Board, Bina lives and works in Trivandrum, Kerala.

Namrata Rao
Namrata Rao is a film editor, working with both fiction and non-fiction films. She graduated in Information Technology from Delhi University but left the field to pursue film. An alumnus of SRFTI, she has worked on 25 films including Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Titli, Shudhh Desi Romance, Two States, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Shanghai, Kahaani, Ishqiya, Band Baaja Baraat, Love Sex aur Dhokha, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, I’m The Very Beautiful, Baba Black Beard. She received the National Award for Kahaani, Filmfare awards for Kahaani and Love Sex Aur Dhokha, Screen And IIFA Awards for Kahaani and Band Baaja Baraat. She has also directed a documentary, Dahleez Paar for NHK, Japan.