about me

I have many homes—I grew up in Nagpur, India; came of age in Providence, Rhode Island; and currently, I live in New York City. My one permanent home, however, is in front of the screen.

I have a B.A. with Honors in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, and an M.A. in Specialized Arts Journalism from the University of Southern California, where I was an Annenberg Fellow.

I like writing about movies, culture, and politics. My work has been published in The New York Times, Film CommentVillage Voice, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Criterion, MUBI’s Notebook, BFI, Cultured Magazine, Kinoscope, Fandor, Film Companion, Firstpost, SVLLY(wood), and The Ground Truth Project, among others.

I was invited to the Talent Press program at the 2019 Berlinale and the Critics’ Academy at the 2017 New York Film Festival. I’m the recipient of a 2018 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award for my audio story, “Demystifying Bollywood.”

I’m currently the Co-Deputy Editor at Film Comment and a Talks programmer at the New York Film Festival. I have also served on the selection committees for the Mumbai Film Festival and the Berlin Critics’ Week.

Follow me on twitter @devikagirgayi or email me at devikagir@gmail.com. 

NOTE: This site is in progress and has not yet been updated with my writing since November 2019. Please email me for any queries about my more recent work, and stay tuned for a fully updated site.