Arun Gupta teaches in the Film and Video
Communication discipline at NID. He holds a PG
Diploma in Direction from the Film and Television
Institute of India (FTII) and a BA in English Literature from
the University of Delhi. He joined NID in 1996.
He takes courses in the Foundation Programme;
apart from taking courses in disciplines such as Film
and Video Communication, Animation Design, and
Graphic Design. He takes courses such as Scriptwriting,
Direction, Film Language, and Film Appreciation. He has
been the Chairperson of the NID Film Club and has also
been the Founding Editor of Cut Here, the moving image
print magazine. In 2005, he directed An Other Journey, a
documentary film showcasing NID’s activities in the area
of Indian crafts and textiles. He has coordinated several
national-level meets at the institute, including Design for
Entertainment Media (2001) and Niche Programming
and the Future of Broadcast Television (1998).
Arun has been associated with various film festivals.
He organised the much-acclaimed South Asian
Documentary and Short Film Festival, Alpavirama 2011
at NID and is also set to be part of the International Jury
at Beskop Tshechu Film Festival in Thimphu, Bhutan.
In 2007, he was a member of the International Jury at
the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival
at Doha, Qatar and in 1998 he helped coordinate the
celebrations for 50 years of the Cannes Film Festival,
which included a national seminar on the topic—Future
He has conducted many popular short-term workshops
in Film Appreciation and Scriptwriting throughout India
with companies such as CNBC-TV18, Tata Interactive
Services and Maya Entertainment Ltd., and institutions
such as IIM, NIFT, IIT, CEPT, TISS, MICA, Srishti, and
DJAD. In 2002, he directed the documentary, Vignettes
of Indian Retail on the changing face of the retail
business in India.
Arun is currently writing a book on Bollywood villains.
- Activity Chairperson, KMC (Resource Centre)
- Coordinator, Film and Video Communication