Dr. Naadir Junaid

Dr. Naadir Junaid

Designation: Professor
E-mail: naadirjunaid.mcj@du.ac.bd
Phone: Cell: +88-01711-541408; Home: +88-02-41040259

Room: 924, 8th floor, Social Sciences Building, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000.

Naadir Junaid earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mass Communication and Journalism from University of Dhaka. He became First Class First in both BA and MA. Due to his outstanding academic achievements, he was awarded three gold medals from University of Dhaka. He also received other awards from the University because of his academic success.

In 2000, he joined University of Dhaka as a Lecturer. He was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship in 2003 to do a master’s in the United Kingdom. In 2004, he earned a master’s degree in Film Studies from King’s College, University of London. In 2008, he was awarded Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarship to study for a doctorate degree in Australia. He earned a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2013. The title of his PhD thesis: “Bengali Political Cinema: Protest and Social Transformation.”

In 2015, Dr. Junaid was awarded an Australian Alumni Excellence Award. In 2016, he was appointed as an “Australia Awards Ambassador” by Australian Government for one year.  Dr. Junaid has a strong interest in examining the relationship between cinema, society and politics. In his research, he explores Western and non-Western films which come to grips with social and political issues. Dr. Junaid has thus far authored four books which examine political and unconventional films produced in different countries. His articles dealing with various aspects of Media and Film Studies have been published in academic journals and edited books. He also writes regularly about contemporary political and social realities in national dailies. 



PhD, Film Studies – University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2013 (On an Australian Government Endeavour Scholarship)
MA, Film Studies – King’s College, University of London, 2004 (On a Commonwealth Scholarship)
MA, Mass Communication and Journalism – University of Dhaka, 1999. First Class First
BA, Mass Communication and Journalism – University of Dhaka, 1997. First Class First
HSC, Humanities – Dhaka College, 1993. First Division with Star Mark and Letters in Three Subjects. Secured 16th Position in the Merit List of Humanities Group in Dhaka Board
SSC, Humanities – University Laboratory School, Dhaka, 1991. First Division





Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. From 2016 to the present.


Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. From 2013 to 2016.


Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. From 2005 to 2013.


Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. From 2000 to 2005.


Casual Academic, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2010.


Also taught as an Adjunct Faculty in:


Department of Television, Film and Photography, Dhaka University

Department of Music, Dhaka University,

Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)

East West University

Bangladesh Cinema and Television Institute


Recipient of Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarship (Australia) and Commonwealth Scholarship (England)
Appointed as an Australia Awards Ambassador by Australian Government in February 2016
Recipient of Australian Alumni Excellence Award 2015 for Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships
Recipient of Mosud Khan Gold Medal, Abul Mansur Ahmad Gold Medal, and Dilnasheen Khanam Gold Medal from University of Dhaka.  



Major Works


বিস্রস্ত বর্তমানের মুখোমুখি (ঢাকা: জনান্তিক, ২০২১)
(Confronting a decaying contemporary reality, Dhaka: Janantik, 2021)
চিন্তাশীল চলচ্চিত্র: সমীক্ষণ ও জিজ্ঞাসা (ঢাকা: বাংলাদেশ চলচ্চিত্র ও টেলিভিশন ইনস্টিটিউট, ২০১৮)
(Cinema of Ideas: Analyses and Questions (Dhaka: Bangladesh Cinema and Television Institute, 2018)
প্রতিবাদের নান্দনিকতা: বাংলাদেশের প্রথাবিরোধী চলচ্চিত্র (ঢাকা: জনান্তিক, ২০১৭)
(An Aesthetic of Protest: The Unconventional Films of Bangladesh. Dhaka: Janantik, 2017)
বাংলা রাজনৈতিক চলচ্চিত্র: সত্যজিৎ-ঋত্বিক-মৃণালের প্রতিবাদী ছবি (ঢাকা: বিডিনিউজ২৪ পাবলিশিং লিমিটেড, ২০১৫)
(Bengali Political Cinema: Cinema of Resistance by Ray, Ghatak and Sen. Dhaka: BDNews24 Publishing Limited, 2015)
দশটি রাজনৈতিক চলচ্চিত্র: বক্তব্য ও নির্মাণশৈলী (ঢাকা: জনান্তিক, ২০১৪)
(Ten Political Films: Thematic and Formal Characteristics. Dhaka: Janantik, 2014)
Cinema That Raises a Critical Consciousness: The Films of Alamgir Kabir in South Asian Filmscapes: Transregional Encounters, eds. Elora Halim Chowdhury and Esha Niyogi De (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020)

চলচ্চিত্রে প্রথাবিরোধী নির্মাণশৈলী আর সামাজিক সমালোচনা: বাংলাদেশের রাজনৈতিক চলচ্চিত্র,” বাংলাদেশ চলচ্চিত্র ও টেলিভিশন ইনস্টিটিউট পত্রিকা, সংখ্যা ৪ বর্ষ ২ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬
(Social Criticism and Unorthodox Form in Cinema: Political Films of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Cinema and Television Institute Journal, Issue 4 Year 2 December 2016.
খারিজ: অবহেলিত গোষ্ঠীর নীরবতা, প্রতিবাদ আর চলচ্চিত্রকারের আত্মসমালোচনা, বাংলা জর্নাল (কানাডা হতে প্রকাশিত), ১৩ বর্ষ ২১ সংখ্যা ডিসেম্বর ২০১৫
(Kharij: The Silence of the Repressed, Resistance and Self-Criticism of the Filmmaker, Bangla Journal (Published from Canada), Volume 13 No 21 December 2015)

Formal Innovation and Political Criticism in a Bangladeshi Alternative Film, Jahangirnagar University Journal of Journalism and Media Studies, Volume 1, 2014.
অবক্ষয়ের কাল, কলকাতা-ত্রয়ীর তিন পুরুষ আর সত্যজিতের সমীক্ষণে সমকালীনতা, বাংলাদেশ ফিল্ম আর্কাইভ জার্নাল, বর্ষ ১ সংখ্যা ১, ২০০৮
(Social Degeneration, Three Male Protagonists of the Calcutta Trilogy and Satyajit’s Analysis of Contemporary Reality, Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, Volume 1 No 1, 2008)
Interaction between Music and Narrative Development in Films of Satyajit Ray, Social Science Review, Volume 23 No 2, December 2006
Static Screen, Kinetic Body: Rethinking the Traditional Relationship between Screen and Spectator Activity, The Centre for Development Research Journal, Volume 1 No 1, June 2006
Debates about Science and Film Theory: An Overview, Social Science Review, Volume 23 No 1, June 2006
Conflict and Protest in Some Early Films of Satyajit Ray, Social Science Review, Volume 22 No 1, June 2005
“Connections between Urban Modernity and Cinema: An Overview,” Philosophy and Progress, Volumes 35-36, June-December 2004.

Area of interest

Politically Critical Cinema

Third Cinema Theory and Third World Radical Films

Art and Independent Cinema

Cinema and the City

Revolutionary Political and Cultural Thoughts

Mass Media and Socio-Political Consciousness

Psychoanalytic Film Theory

Counter Culture