Vikram Zutshi

Vikram Zutshi is a filmmaker, public speaker and columnist, dividing his time between LA and northern Thailand. He currently runs a vineyard in central California and an organic farm in Uttarakhand, north India. After years in indie film and network TV, and later as head of international sales/acquisitions at Rogue Entertainment, he went solo and produced two feature films before transitioning into directing. His debut feature was filmed along the US-Mexico border and has since been globally broadcast. A prolific columnist, he writes for World Literature Today, Scroll, Quartz, Vice, Rolling Stone, Popmatters, The Diplomat, Open Democracy, LA Weekly, Times of India, The Hindu, Quint and others. Vikram is currently prepping Byron goes to Bollywood, a picaresque romp set in the UK and India and working on his first novel.

South Asians Are Shaping the Future of Science and Technology

Aug 17, 2019

Each year, the MIT Technology Review publishes a list of outstanding innovators under 35. They come from fields as diverse as biotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy, the web, transportation, communications, materials and computer hardware. Their innovations are recognized as having the potential to provide solutions with global ramifications and...

Inside the Wacky World of American Yoga

May 31, 2019

“Namaste, brother” says Chaitanya, a pudgy, rosy-cheeked man from Charlotte, North Carolina, smiling broadly at me and my friend Alison. He wears a sleeveless orange tank top and white cotton balloon pants. He tells us the moniker was bestowed on him after an elaborate naming ceremony conducted on the banks...

Belonging to the Universe: Fritjof Capra in Conversation

Apr 15, 2018

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vikram Zutshi talks to physicist, activist and author Fritjof Capra. Fritjof Capra is an Austrian-born American physicist, systems theorist and deep ecologist. He has written many popular books that connect conceptual changes in science with broader changes in worldview and values in society,...

The Treacherous Border Crossing to America

Dec 15, 2017

Every day, dozens, sometimes hundreds of Mexicans from the poverty stricken southern states are smuggled across the treacherous Sonoran Desert into the US. We had been driving for 900 miles and close to 12 hours from LA, through the endless, arid and blindingly hot expanse of the Arizona desert. All...

Arab Cinema's Moment of Truth

Nov 17, 2017

Artists are the bellwether of society, and if Arab cinema is anything to go by, the region is at the cusp of another major upheaval. Nabil Ayouch’s films stay with us long after the lights have ceased to flicker on celluloid. His stark, intimate and deeply affecting portraits of life...

In Praise of Blasphemy

Oct 28, 2017

Often, the most powerful art comes from minds that dare to question the status quo and tear down shibboleths, often at great personal and professional cost. When conceptual artist Andres Serrano launched his “Piss Christ” exhibit almost 30 years ago, little did he know it would become a lightning rod...

A Brief History of Kashmir's Vanishing Autonomy

Sep 06, 2017

All attempts to further erode the special status conferred on Jammu and Kashmir are likely to backfire. I had the good fortune of staying in Puerto Rico for a few weeks while attending a friend’s wedding last year. It is an archipelago situated in the northeast Caribbean Sea, blessed with...

The Idea of India: Sunil Khilnani in Conversation

Aug 24, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vikram Zutshi talks to Sunil Khilnani, author of Incarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives. Sunil Khilnani is a professor of politics and the director of the India Institute at King’s College London. He is a scholar of Indian history and politics...