Gautam Chintamani is a film historian and an author of who wrote Rajneeti (2019), the first biography of Rajnath Singh. He is also the author of the bestselling Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna (2014) and was on the National Film Awards jury for Best Writing on Cinema in 2016. In 2017, Gautam contributed an essay on the cinema of Franz Osten for The British Film Institute’s restoration project of filmmaker’s 1928 masterpiece Shiraz. Gautam’s documentary film SRI: Challenging Traditions, Transforming Lives won the Best Documentary Award at the Asia Pacific Rice Film Festival, Malaysia. His trilogy, Janam–Aagazh–Parvaaz, on the journey of children with special needs and their parents was screened at the 2011 International Film Festival of India (IFFI).