Avijit Mitra

Avijit Mitra is a dedicated parent, husband, filmmaker, novelist, chess-player, tennis-player, and a whodunnit reader.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

A huge fan of The Crown on Netflix; a career filmmaker and director; heavily into tennis - both watching and playing; heavily into philosophy - reading and making animated factual videos that explain some random deep concept; big time intrigued by Quantum Theory; heavily into reading science fiction and crime thrillers from round the world; heavily into playing chess

What’s your greatest fear?

Living forever

What is your greatest achievement?

Being my daughter and my wife's best friend

High point of your life?

The day my daughter was born

Low point of your life

The day I had a cardiac arrest

Which living person do you most admire?


Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Jimmy Perez (Shetland)

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

The Joker

Who are your favorite authors?

Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Truman Capote, Shigeru Mizuki, J.K.Rowling, Samuel Beckett, Raymond Chandler, Ann Cleeves, Liane Moriarty, Cixin Liu, Blake Crouch, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Arnaldur Indridason, Lee Smolin

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Watchmen, In Cold Blood, the Harry Potter series, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Three-Body Problem

Is there a book you love to reread?

One Hundred Years of Solitude

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Silence of the Lambs, Terminator 2, Pather Panchali

One Superpower you wish you had?

To be able to completely and totally live in the present

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

"Well, shall we go. / Yes, let's go. / (They do not move)."

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I am only too happy to live my life the way it has been and the way it is to be

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Visual artist

Which book you wish you had written ?

A Farewell to Arms

When and where do you write ?

Afternoons. At my desk.

Silence or music?


One phrase that you use most often?


Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

If you are using punctuations other than a full stop, then your writing is not worth reading.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Harry Potter

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

What's happening? (in the story right now). And, who is saying what. That's all that matters.

Avijit Mitra is a filmmaker and writer with more than two decades of experience in working in the film and broadcast industry in India. He played a pivotal role in the branding and promotions of blockbuster commercial television hits, from daily soaps to game shows like the KBC (the Indian version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’) to the international launch trailers of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali classic, ‘Devdas’. Growing up in a sleepy industrial town with endless afternoons, Avijit developed an early interest in telling stories. Working in the corporate sector (the Star TV Network, Turner International, ESPN) honed his capacity to thrive on urgent deadlines. Avijit obtained much acclaim for his independent films, Airgun (2021) and Taxi … an Uncertain Conversation (2021). Made during the pandemic, the films describe how ordinary people continued their lives as their worlds upended. When he is not making films, Avijit finds peace in reading philosophy, crime-fiction or in playing chess. An avid sports fan he taught himself to play tennis in 2010 and never misses his tennis day even on the hottest months of the year. Avijit is a committed parent and lives in the city of Mumbai. The Swamp Girl is his first novel.

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