A journalist with more than 15 years experience and a film society activist, Nandgaonkar has worked with publications like The Independent, Bombay Times, The Indian Express, and the Newswire- Associated Press. He was the first Indian journalist to be invited to the Rotterdam International Film Festival in the Netherlands as part of its programme for young film critics. He has worked as an advisory member of the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) headed by actors Anupam Kher and Sharmila Tagore during 2004-06. He is one of the founders of the Mumbai Press Photo Contest for the Press Club, Mumbai. He also contributed inputs to Ram Gopal Varma’s 1998 film Satya which depicted the underbelly of Mumbai with stark realism. Nandgaonkar works as Senior Editor with The Telegraph in Mumbai.