The Shabistan Team

The Shabistan Film Archive is run by a group of dedicated volunteers, scattered across India and throughout the world. Each of us contributes distinct expertise, skills, and experience. Meet the members of our core team:

David Farris

Executive Director


David (Harvard ’01, UC Berkeley PhD ’11) is a mathematician at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore. He also researches the exhibition and distribution of Indian film, supported by the India Foundation for the Arts and the American Institute for Indian Studies.

Vibhushan Subba

Director of Acquisitions


Vibhushan is an independent media scholar working on new screen cultures, trash aesthetics and the modes of production and distribution of Indian low budget filmmaking, cult and para cinema. He is also an independent filmmaker.


Vaibhav Singh

Fundraising Director


Vaibhav (IIT Bombay ’07, Reading ’11, Reading PhD ’17) is a designer, cinephile, and historian of design and technology. His research interests revolve broadly around printing, publishing and communication technologies in multilingual South Asian contexts.

David Boyk

David Boyk

Operations Director


David (UC Berkeley ’06, UC Berkeley PhD ’15) is a historian of modern South Asia. His research interests center on the cultural and social history of north Indian cities. He teaches at Northwestern University outside Chicago.


Mrugank Inamdar

Finance Director


Mrugank (University of Pune ’04, XLRI ’06, INSEAD ’10) is a business professional with expertise in fund-raising and business management.

John Kostka

Chief Archivist


John (Chicago ’09, UCLA MIAS ’15) is a digital archivist at Sony in Santa Monica, California. He has previously worked in archiving and digital asset management at HBO, NBCUniversal, and at the New Beverly Cinema.

Aditi Rajeev

Archive Manager


Aditi is an artist based in Bangalore. Her practice explores notions of domesticity and the personal through their links to conventions of representation. She works across media using video, 16mm film, photography, collage, painting and embroidery.

Ishaan Srivastava

India Operations Manager


Ishaan is a business analyst based in Delhi. His intellectual interests center on the legal and intellectual history of development in postcolonial India.


Pujita Guha



Pujita is a graduate student in Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She takes a keen interest in ecology, Southeast Asian cultures, and the world of image making.

Divakaran Divakaran

Film Researcher


Divakaran (Fergusson College ’07, Indian Institute of Science PhD ’15) is an Assistant Professor at Azim Premji University in Bangalore.

Dhanya Pilo

Collection Agent


Dhanya Pilo is a film maker and designer based in Mumbai. She founded “The Wall Project” in India in 2007, and in 2013, the project was included in the book titled Learning from Mumbai. She is alumnus of the prestigious National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), Strelka (Moscow) & AIESEC (Mumbai).

Nate Cardozo

Legal Director


Nate (UC Santa Cruz ’03, UC Hastings JD ’08) is a Privacy Policy Manager at Facebook.