Sunny is a writer, novelist and public intellectual, and widely recognised as a champion for decolonisation and inclusion across all aspects of society. Her books include the highly acclaimed novel HOTEL ARCADIA and a study of Amitabh Bachchan for the BFI’s film star series. In 2017, she launched the celebrated Jhalak Prize for literature by writers of colour. She is also a founder of the Jhalak Foundation that is focused on a range of literary, artistic and literacy initiatives in the UK and beyond. Sunny was born in Varanasi, India. She read English and American Literature at Brandeis University in the USA before gaining a Masters in Spanish Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and a PhD from the Universitat de Barcelona. She lives in London.
Sunny’s personal study of the Indian film industry, A BOLLYWOOD STATE OF MIND, is coming out from Footnote Press in October 2023. She has also recently completed a collection of stories linked by the theme of war.