Educated in Mumbai and the United Kingdom, Udita is a well-established Mumbai-based entertainment and lifestyle writer. After working with the team that established MTV in India, Udita moved into journalism in 1998 as entertainment editor of Mumbai’s Mid-Day newspaper, covering film, fashion, food, art, retail, music and home entertainment.
In 2005, with the launch of Hindustan Times in Mumbai, she joined this national daily as the entertainment editor covering mainly film and lifestyle.
Later, Udita exchanged the drill of daily deadlines for a career as a freelance writer and communications consultant which included editing the Luxe Letter, a monthly e-letter promoted by the Murjani Group on the burgeoning luxury segment. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to leading publications such as Harper’s Bazaar India, Vogue (India), Vanity Fair, GQ, The Observer, Time Out, Screen International, People, Man’s World, Men’s Health, Mint, Hindustan Times, DNA, CNNGo.com, Femina, Hi Blitz, Conde Nast Traveller, Deccan Herald, New Indian Express, The Quint and more.
Udita has authored two monographs in a series titled ‘Women In Indian Film’ (published by Zubaan books) and contributed to Bollywood’s Top 20 Stars (published by Penguin). She has also co-authored India Book House’s highly successful Mumbai Diary 2006 on ‘Bollywood and Bombay’ and worked on documentary features for Dutch TV, BBC UK and Little Bird.
Udita was the film curator for the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017 and the Jagran Film Festival 2019.
She’s also an active member of the Cathedral and John Connon School’s Alumni Association, an alumni ambassador for SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) in Mumbai and also a member of the Film Critics Guild.