'There has never been a better time to read This Land We Call Home.
Nusrat F. Jafri’s memoir is more than the history of one family, it is also
the history of India. Vividly written and deeply felt, this is a book to

-- Sonia Faleiro, journalist and author of The Good Girls

This Land We Call Home is Nusrat‘s debut non fiction book. It traces her maternal family history, through the lens of Caste and Conversions and the Making of Modern India. Published by Penguin Random House India. It is releasing on the 30th of April 2024. You can pre order your copy on amazon by clicking on the image on the right .



Some of Nusrat‘s projects include 

• DoP for Amazon Prime’s web show Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare, created by Zakir Khan
• DoP – Feature Film Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz, for Director Onir. Produced by Yoodlee Film, SAREGAMA
• DoP – Anita Dongre’s Bridal Collection, Fashion Commercial, Directed by Onir
• Additional Cinematography on Hansal Mehta’s award winning feature “Shahid
• DoP Shlok Sharma’s award winning Short film “Sujata
Also many TVCs and documentaries, including Krishnendu Bose’s
award winning documentary “Delhi Work In Progress. ”

Early praise for 
This Land We Call Home


‘The countless castes manifest in infinite ways, every time shaking our
sensibilities more than before. Here is a story of Bhantu criminal tribe of
Rajasthan that suffered double oppression, societal exclusion and stateordained
incrimination. The story, narrated through the saga of a family
by a noted cinematographer and writer, would have been simply lost to the
past if her maternal great grandfather had not decided to discard the caste
cage of the Hindu society and convert to Christianity. This well-researched
and ably written book is a rare account on the so-called criminal tribes,
that additionally chronicles our present. Surely, one of the best books in
its genre!’

-- Anand Teltumbde, scholar and co-editor of The Radical in Ambedkar


Nusrat F Jafri, is a Mumbai based female cinematographer, with twenty years of experience in filmmaking. Born and brought up in Lucknow, Nusrat, did her schooling from La Martiniere Girls College. She did her graduation from Delhi University and her Masters in Mass Communication from MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia.  

Her latest short film, “Pilibhit,” starring Raj Arjun and Joyshree Arora, won her an IPTDA Award for the Best Cinematographer 2022, and a Critics Choice Award, nomination for the same film. 

She lives in Mumbai with her husband, son and a cat named Jamia.