Mukherjee studied Literature and Cinema at the University level. She did the research-programme in Social Sciences, and has basic training in music (Sitar), and in fine arts from recognized institutes. Madhuja tried ‘the whole lot’ briefly (from Print media, TV programmes, Production Design, to Documentary) until she focused on academic research, and began teaching Film Studies and Videography at St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, in 1999. She teaches Film Studies at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, since 2007. Madhuja received her PhD degree in 2008; her field of study is film practices, industrial history, and historiography.
Madhuja has published extensively in reputable scholarly journals; she is the author of the book New Theatres Ltd. (NFAI: Pune, 2009), and editor of Aural Films, Oral Cultures (JU Press: Kolkata, 2012), Voices of the Talking Stars (Sage/ Stree: Delhi/Kolkata, 2017), Bengali Popular Cinema (Routledge, forthcoming).
She has (co)written the screenplay of the internationally-acclaimed film Qissa (2013), Carnival (2012), her first film as director, was screened at several international festivals. Madhuja’s received the ATSA-fellowship (2013-14), and her art-installations have been shown at renowned galleries and international programmes. She is currently working on her second graphic-novel The Dog Star, supported by IFA, Bangalore. Madhuja is the principal initiator of TENT, Calcutta (an art platform), and organises TENT's Little Cinema International Festival.
The Enchanted Lamp, 2013, from SILENT FORMS, installation view