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  • METS Forum 2013

    A forum focusing on key drivers of the Media & Entertainment industry which will propel the developmental and growth potential of this segment.

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  • EME Awards 2013

    An award recognizing Excellence in Media & Entertainment with special focus on work that will define the future of Animation

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  • INFOCOM – your window to the Indian ICT industry

    INFOCOM, an initiative from ABP Group is an annual platform that hosts one of the largest congregations of corporates, ICT technocrats, policymakers...

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  • INFOCOM FUTURE LEADERSHIP AWARDS 2012

    IFLA is an endeavour to identify & groom the young global leaders of future. It is the country's most prestigious open paper writing competition for management students across the globe

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  • SME Roundtable 2013

    The INFOCOM SME Roundtable will aim to bring together the different stakeholders from Small and Medium Enterprise(SME)vertical, industry and government from across the country who will discuss on key factors that can bring further growth to this segment.

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Speakers @ METS Forum 2013

  • Ali Hussein
    Head
    YouTube Entertainment Partnerships, South Asia

    Ali Hussein

    Head

    YouTube Entertainment Partnerships, South Asia

    Ali Hussein has extensive experience in Digital Media having developed mass and niche consumer strategies for digital platforms that are both commercially viable and scalable. His domain expertise spans across technical product knowledge, development of content and creative and customer acquisition across multi-platforms

    At YouTube, Ali's portfolio includes identifying marquee content partners in the South Asia region and coaching them to develop channels on YouTube. His role extends to developing channel strategy, increasing channel subscriptions and social seeding with a core focus on increasing time spent by consumers. His responsibilities include a Business and Strategy role in P&L planning for content investments, providing export opportunity for South Asian content and identifying new growth avenues. 

    Ali mentors traditional media channels to host original programming and has worked across the region with broadcast television, movie studios and producers.

    In his previous stint as Asst. Vice President – Digital Media of VIACOM 18, Ali uprooted the mind-shift from traditional portal strategy to digital shows with 360 degree activation and also developed digital strategies for media brands across age segments (Nickelodeon, MTV & Colors). He has been awarded Digital Marketer of the Year in 2010 and is the recipient of 5 creative awards. 

    In his past assignments, Ali has played an important role in the construction of the Content Distribution and Mobile Marketing business for Hungama Mobile.

    An Engineering graduate from Purdue University, he has attained a 10 year mix of corporate and technical experience. 

     

  • Aniruddha Roy Choudhury
    Film Maker and National Award Winner

    Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury

    Film Maker and National Award Winner

    Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, has been involved in the world of film making since 1987; directing and designing television software, and moving on to producing and directing television commercials for leading multinationals and domestic companies.

    FEATURE FILMS

    Directed, Aparajita Tumi (2012)– The Undaunted, starring, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Padmapriya Janakiraman, Kamalinee Mukherjee and Chandan Roy Sanyal. 

    Co – produced, Ekti Tarar Khonje (2010) - Beyond the Stars, starring Shayan Munshi, Arpita Chatetterjee and Dhritiman Chaterji. 

    Directed and co – produced, Antaheen (2008) - The Endless Wait, starring Rahul Bose, Radhika Apte, Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore, Kalyan Ray, Meeta Vasisht and Shauvik Kundagrami. 

    Directed and co – produced, Anuranan (2006) – A Resonance, starring Rahul Bose, Rituparna Sengupta, Raima Sen and Rajat Kapoor. 

    AWARDS

    President’s (Indian National) Award - Golden Lotus (Best Film) for Antaheen - The Endless Wait. Antaheen also won 3 other National Awards – Best Cinematography, Best lyrics and Best female playback singer 2009

    The Aravindan Puraskaram - Best Debutant Director 2007

    The Best Emerging Director - Santa Cruz Film Festival, California 2007

    President’s (Indian National) Award - Best Bengali Film for Anuranan – A Resonance 2006

     

  • Anjan Chatterjee
    Founder and Managing Director
    Speciality Restaurants

    Anjan Chatterjee

    Founder and Managing Director

    Speciality Restaurants Ltd. 

    Twenty seven years ago, Anjan Chatterjee, armed with his experience of hotel management (course in Hospitality at the Taratala Institute followed bya stint at Taj Hotels, Mumbai) and mediamarketing (Ananda Bazar Patrika) which honed his entrepreneurial skills, chucked a comfortable job to start his own venture.

    He set up the advertising agency, Situations Advertising & Marketing Services (P) Ltd.in July 1985. After success with local clients came the first account with which Situations would prove its brand building capability – Cello. Beginning with an ad budget of Rs.3 lakh, it grew to be the largest manufacturer of pens in the country and today, is a Rs. 1000+ crore company. The second shot in the arm for Situations came in 1990 with the account of Jyothy Laboratories Ltd.withUjala Supreme becoming a case study in branding. In the course of time more accounts were bagged. Hygienic Research Institute with brands like Vasmol(Hair Dye) and Streax (Hair Colour), Everest Spices, Emami Ltd. (brand Fair and Handsome), Yardley (Deo’s, Soaps and Face Wash), Aramusk (Deo) to name only a few. 

    The agency has won numerous awards for its role in advertising and communication. Today its turnover is estimated to be more than Rs.100 crore.

    However this hectic journey of building winning brands failed to subdue a long nurtured passion of Anjan Chatterjee - the passion for food. Speciality Restaurants took off with ‘Only Fish’ in 1992. The restaurant was born more out of the passion for experimenting with mouth-watering dishes, by of Anjan Chatterjee and his wife,Suchhonda. Its fan-club success even surprised even his fellow-foodies and partners.

    Only Fish was later repositioned as ‘Oh! Calcutta’ to cater to a larger audience and the jaded taste buds of Mumbai woke up to the cuisine of a city never served before. The biggest challenge however was when it had to be replicated and opened in Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and in Delhi where it draws a lot of dignitaries and foreigners. This was the beginning of a long and successful journey……

    Today evening, about four thousand people will dine in eighty restaurants around twenty three cities. They’ll be served by three thousand five hundred passionate workers, making each guest feel special. Who in turn will spread the passion among more people they come in touch with. Making fifteen thousand people feel special is a regular day’s job at Specialty Restaurants. On weekends, the numbers are even happier. Welcome to the most unique ingredient to be used by a restaurant group – passion. 

    After the success of ‘Only Fish’, in early 1995, ‘Mainland China’, a speciality fine dining Chinese Restaurant was set up at the industrial hub ofSakinaka in Mumbai. Mainland China serves some of the most authentic Chinese cuisine this side of the ‘Great Wall’. Through a rare harmony of flavours from far flung provinces of China, hand picked ingredients and craftsmanship of Chinese master chefs, Mainland reveals the delicious secrets of Chinese cuisine. Serving five star food and ambience at non five star prices, Mainland China began to turn diners into followers all over the country. 

    Following the success of the Mumbai outlet, Mainland Chinaextended its presence in all major metros (with multiple outlets)and even in mini-metro’s and Tier – I & II cities viz. Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ludhiana, Nashik, Surat and many others. Today it has 47 outlets across the country and one in Dhaka. The group’s flagship brand, Mainland China is today one of the best fine dining restaurant chains in the country. 

    In 1999 Mainland China Bangalore bagged the coveted H & FS award for the best Oriental restaurant. This was followed with the Speciality Group of Restaurants winning many accolades and awards over the years from the Golden Spoon Award in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Times Good Food Award in 2009 & 2010.  Mainland China & Oh! Calcutta arealso listed among the top 200 restaurants in the Miele Guide, South East Asia’s Food Guide.

    Restaurant brands Machaan, Sigree, Flame and Grilland followed in quick succession. Sweet Bengal, was born in Mumbai to realize his long cherished dream of making the famous ‘misthidoi’, ‘kheerkodom’ and the whole range of the delectable sweets of Bengal easily available for connoisseurs in Mumbai.Its popularity hasled to fourteen moreoutlets in Mumbai which serve the most authentic taste of Bengali sweets. 

    Anjan Chatterjee bends the rules of restaurant business, preferring original formats to tested and proven ones which could have yielded faster profits but had less emotional appeal to both the businessman and connoisseur in him. His original business recipe has been tested in all kinds of markets, from premier cities to second tier metros. And sets Anjan Chatterjee apart as a leader in his business.

    Drawing new franchisees of Speciality Restaurants to the Group’s philosophy of originality and passion was a more daunting task but AnjanChatterjee’s leadership triumphed here too. 

    Going public held huge scope for the Group but it had its risks. However, the integrity and fundamental values of the Group saw it through the market’s lowest phase with a highly successful IPO in May 2012. The group got recognized as Speciality Restaurants Limited, the only listed company in the stand-alone fine dining category in India.With 94 outlets across the country and poised to cross 100 outlets and a turnover of Rs.250 cr. by the year-end, Speciality Restaurants crosses yet another a milestone with itspassionate  approach to business.

    Not only does emotion and business mix well for Anjan Chatterjee. He is its outspoken ambassador and also the entrepreneur and leader that he is, because of it. His emotional attachment with Ananda Bazar Patrika too has grown in spite of the years and the scantiness of time and his adventures with food feature in a regular column in ABP Robibashor and Telegraph T2. His passion has kept him in touch with music and advertisement. And he still prefers to call Kolkata his home, apart from a hub for a major chunk of his business. Here’s a true son of the self confessed capital of passion.  

     

  • Annurag Batra
    Chairman and Editor-in-Chief
    Exchange4media Group

    Annurag Batra

    Chairman & Editor-in-Chief

    exchange4media Group

    Mr. Annurag Batra is a B. Tech in Computer Science, a degree which he acquired before pursuing his post-graduation from the prestigious Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. Mr Batra is an entrepreneur, journalist, Internet evangelist and media expert all rolled into one. Mr Batra is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media Group, which includes exchange4media.com - India’s leading media industry website, PITCH - India’s only Advertising, Marketing and Media magazine, Impact - the marketing weekly, Franchise Plus - India’s Business Opportunity Magazine, Realty Plus - India’s leading monthly real estate magazine, and www.samachar4media.com – leading media industry website in Hindi. Mr Batra has multi-industry experience, having worked with India‘s largest advertising and media services firm HTA (now JWT) and Mindshare, as well as in the real estate industry and a host of relevant branded event initiatives. 

     

  • Arijit Dutta
    Managing Director
    Priya Entertainments Ltd

    Arijit Dutta

    Managing Director

    Priya Entertainments Ltd

    Date of Birth     :17th October

    Father’s Name  : Late Mr. Ashim Dutta

    Mother’s Name : Mrs. Purnima Dutta

    Mobile Number : 9831010228

    Email: arijit.dutta@priyaentertainments.com

     

    EXPERIENCE

    1986–1990 :   GENELEC - GEC Ltd.  Calcutta, West Bengal. 

    - Worked in all departments of the Corporate Office including Personnel, Finance, Marketing, Secretarial, Projects, Corporate Development  

       at the Factory and the Regional and Branch Offices. 

    - Asst. Branch Manager in Patna Branch,Bihar

    - Finally attached to Finance as Finance Executive, Head Office, Kolkata.

     

    EDUCATION

    1986 – M. B. A. – International Institute of Management Science, Calcutta

    - 1982 – 85 : Graduation – Jadavpur University, Calcutta

    - 1980 – 81 : Higher Secondary – St. Pauls School, Jalapahar, Darjeeling, WB

    - 1973 –79  : Secondary - St. Pauls School, Jalapahar, Darjeeling, WB

    - 1970 –73  :Primary – St. Xaviers School, 30, Park Street, Calcutta – 700 016.

     

    SPORTS RECORD

    Rowing :    

    - 1985 – Silver Medalist in Bengal State Championships – four and sculls – University Blue.

    - 1986 – For East Amateur Rowing Association ( FEARA), Manila, Philippines, won Fours,  Eights and runner up in Open FEARA Sculls.

    - 1987 – Invitation Regatta/Preliminaries to University Championships – won fours – Hongkong.

    - State Championships – Senior Fours

    - 1988 – Winner National Open Fours for Bengal.

    - Inter Club – Scull Champion

    Others

    Also play Cricket (School Team/university), Football (School) , Hockey (University - Blue) Athletics.

    - NCC – Cadet Armywing, Scouts Programme and Pioneer,  (survival courses).

    - Passed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

    - Passed the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Course – Darjeeling.

    - Horse Riding  / Equitation – Army School

     

    INTERESTS

    Arts, Wildlife, Photography,  Public Speaking, Music ( School Choir and School Band )

    Done – Batik, Tankha painting.

    1980 – Secretary Meteorological Society – Jalapahar, Sectretary – School and District Nature Club, Editor - School  News letter.

    Trap, Skeet and Rifle Shooting – Life Member National Rifle Shooting Association of India, New Delhi

     

    Involvement in the Film Industry

    Distribution :

    Piyali Films, Priya Films

    Presently representing : Paramount  –  Eastern Region ,

    Production : Purnima Pictures

    Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne -  Satyajit Ray, Pratidwandi – Satyajit Ray, Aranyer Din Ratri – Satyajit Ray, Hatey Baajarey – Tapan Sinha, Chutti – Arundhati Devi,

    (All President’s Gold Medal Winners and Internationally acclaimed.)

    Various others titles have also been produced like – Saraswatir Pratigya, Banojyotsna, Kalo Chaya, Pratham Pratisruti and more.

     

    Exhibition : Proprietor Priya Cinema ( the first online cinema of East India, the first installation of Christie Projection Systems, Digital Dolby System & Computerised Booking in Eastern India),

     

    The Star Theatre - North Kolkata, Gitanjali Cultural  Complex – Bolpur, Birbhum – the first joint sector cinema project by the Government of West Bengal ,Krishti Cultural Complex - Memari,Burdwan, Annapurna Cinema - Sonarpur 24 Parganas South ,Vidyasagar Memorial Hall - Ghuskura, Burdwan and Balaka-Illambazaar, Birbhum, Netaji Sadan – Baidyabati, Kristi Complex – Galsi, Burdwan, Satyajit Manch – Balurghat, Dinajpur.

    Multiplex’s – BIOSCOPE - Rajarhat , BIOSCOPE - Durgapur ,BIOSCOPE – Haldia & The Tashiplex - Thimpu

    First cinema website in the country – Priya Cinema – Kolkata.

     

    Association Representation :

    1996 – 97, 1997 – 98 – Member Executive Committee – EIMPA

    - 1998 – Chairman of Exhibitor Section WB. Represented Eastern Region in Bombay “ The Challenges before Indian Cinema” ( Topic :  

       Industry Status –– chaired by the Hon’ble Minister  I & B, Mrs.Sushma Swaraj, at  “ FRAMES –2000” – MUMBAI as opening speaker

    - Represented and Speaker for all FRAMES till 2003 from East.

    - 1997/98/99 -  Chairman of Exhibitor Section – EIMPA ( Eastern Region )

    FICCI – ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE – since 1998

    - 2000 – 2001 – Vice President , Eastern India Motion Pictures Association

    - Member Film Enquiry Committee constituted by Govt. of West Bengal

    - Chairman - Entertainment Committee at Indian Chamber of Commerce

    - 2003 – 2004 & 2004 -2005 – President Eastern India Motion Picures Association

    - 2004-2005 – Vice President – Film Federation of India, Mumbai

    - Member Executive Committee – EIMPA

    - 2007 – 08, 2008 – 09 – Chairman, Entertainment Committee – Indian Chamber of Commerce

    - 2010 -2011 – Vice President , Eastern India Motion Picture Association

    - 2011 – 2012 – Vice President Film Federation of India.

    - United Nations Representative from India for the first ‘Ethiopian Film Initiative Convocation’ in Addis Ababa.

    - Represented in four North American Bangla Conference – San Francisco, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Washington.

    - 2011-12 President West Bengal Chapter of Forum for Peoples Rights

     

    Acting :      Abar Araney                                   - Gautam Ghosh                               - Bengali

                       Putrobadhu                                   - Pallab Ghosh                                  - Bengali

                       Bow Barrack Forever                     - Anjan Dutt                                      - English

                       Swapner Din                                  - Buddhadeb Dasgupta                    - Bengali

                       Agatobash                                     - Raja Sen                                        - Bengali

                       Garakol                                          - Haronath Chakraborty                   - Bengali

                       Raja Babu                                      - Anup Sengupta                              - Bengali

                       Bong Connection                           - Anjan Dutta                                    - English

                       Eke Eke Teen                                 -  Partha Sen                                    - Bengali

                       Khela                                              - Rituparno Ghosh                            -  Bengali 

                       Dhaki                                              - Shatabdi Roy                                 -  Bengali

                       Shesh Sanghat                               - Ashok Viswanathan                       -  Bengali

                       Chowrasta-Crossroads of Love      - Anjan Dutta                                   - Hindi-English

                       Dujone                                            - Rajib Kumar                                   - Bengali

                       Prem By Chance                              - Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Guha    - Bengali

                       Eekti Tarar Khoje                            - Avik Mukhopadhya                         - Bengali

                       Spaghetti 24/7( hindi)                     - Gaurav Pandey                              - Hindi

                       Janala                                             - Buddhabeb Dasgupta                    - Bengali

                       Abosheshey                                    - Aditi                                               - Bengali

                       Sotti Holeo Golpo                            - Neel Chatterjee                             - Bengali

                       Ami vs Tumi                                     - Mainak                                           - Bengali 

                       Game                                              - Sudipto/Ajay                                  - Bengali 

                       32 All Out                                        - ETV Bangla (Reality show)             - Bengali

                 Chaplin                                           - Anindo                                            - Bengali

                 Shooter                                          - Arijit                                                - Bengali

                 Sugarbaby                                      - Trisha                                             - English

                 Jani Dekha Hobe                             - Birsa                                              - Bengali

                 Tasher Desh                                   - Q                                                    - Bengali

                 Sector – 5                                       - Supriyo                                          - Bengali      

                 Doshomi                                         - Suman  Moitra                                - Bengali

                 Shunoyo Onko                               - Gautam Ghosh                                - Bengali

     

     

  • Basu Chatterjee
    Director, Film Maker, Writer and Producer

    Basu Chatterjee

    Director, Film Maker, Writer and Producer

    For long a political cartoonist of BLITZ weekly (19 years), Basu Chatterji’s entry into cinema was through film society movement. During his seven long years as an active member and secretary of Film Forum, a film society, he was exposed to creative and thought provoking films of various countries like France, Sweden, Italy, Japan etc unlike others in India who could see only Hollywood Films. Besides the secretary of Film Forum which became the largest film society in India he also became the Secretary of western Region of Federation of Film Societies of India for quite sometime. The exposure to the creative and other kind of cinema influenced him to venture into feature films in Hindi and his first such film was SARA AKASH (1970) which turned out to be a refreshing novel attempt to depict the everyday middle-class milieu. It was an instant success and he never looked back. Soon followed RAJANIGANDHA, CHITCHOR, CHHOTISl BAAT, KHATTA MEETHA, SWAMI, PASAND APNI APNI, SHAUKEEN and many more which established him as a pioneer or other kind of cinema. His first film SARA AKASH was shown at Locarno Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival. One of his film KAMLA Kl MAUT was shown at Cairo Film Festival. His forays into television also brought memorable serials like RAJANI, DARPAN, KAKKAJI KAHIN and BYOMKESIH BAKSHI. He also made feature films in Bengali, his first being HOTHAT BRISTI (1998), then CHUPU CHUPUI, TOK JHAL MISTI and the latest HOCHHETA KI? (2007). He was appointed member of the Indian jury at the Moscow International Film Festival and Pyongyang International Film Festival. He is an ex-member or Central Board of Film Certification and ex-chairman of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI) at Kolkata. 

     

  • Devdatta Potnis
    Head – Sales and Marketing
    Maya Digital Studios

    Devdatta Potnis

    Head of Sales & Marketing

    Maya Digital Studios Pvt. Ltd.

    Almost six years of experience across different areas within the Indian media industry, presently in charge of the Marketing & Sales at Maya Digital Studios, paving way for the development of the company's Indian IPR Content. My role also involves monetisation of this IPR internationally and get service work/co-production work commissioned for the studio operations. In the past I've also been responsible for ensuring maximum penetration and reach for the movie launch campaigns, and also for optimising revenues for TV channels through customised Branded Entertainment Solutions. Core Skills:Business Development, Marketing Communication, Brand Management, Formulation of Business Strategies, Campaign Launches, PR & BTL Activations, Communication Development, Brand Research and Analysis, Consumer Research & Insights & Artist Management

    Experience

    Head of Sales & Marketing at Maya Digital Studios (P) Ltd. September 2011 - Present (1 year 5 months)

    - Get Animated Content commissioned for Indian Broadcast

    - Generate revenues through work for hire/commissioned work for Animation, VFX & 2D to 3D Stereoscopic conversion globally

    - Monetise existing IPR content across platforms globally

    - Assemble filmed projects for the sister concern Maya Movies Pvt. Ltd.

    Assistant Manager - Marketing at Studio18 A Division of Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. May 2008 - August 2010 (2 years 4 months)

    - Marketing of Movies - Ensuring maximum sell out for the films, before the content speaks for itself.

    Executive - Ad Strategy at Star India Pvt Ltd. May 2007 - April 2008 (1 year)

    - AFP - Optimise channel revenues through engaging and customised programming solutions.

    Publications

    - Yash Raj Films: A case study

    - The Centre for Research in Media 2006

    - Authors: Devdatta Potnis, Karishma Gupta

    Languages

    Hindi, Marathi, English

    Skills & Expertise

    Broadcast, Media Planning, Brand Management, Digital Marketing, Digital Media, New Media, Consumer Behaviour, Customer Insight, Marketing Communications, Digital Strategy

    Education

    - Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad

    - PGPCM, Media and Communications, 2005 - 2007

    - PES Modern College of Engineering

    - BE, Electronics and Telecommunication, 2000 - 2004

     

  • Mitsuhito Hosoda
    Senior Managing Director
    Shochiku, Japan

    Mitsuhito Hosoda

    Senior Managing Director

    Shochiku, Japan

    Mitsuhito Hosoda has served as Managing Director of Shochiku Co., Ltd., a major movie and entertainment company in Japan, since 2007. In 2012, he was promoted to Senior Managing Director. He oversees all of corporate strategy and administration of Shochiku.

    Prior to joining Shochiku, he worked for Mizuho Bank as General Manager of Business Solution Division. He also worked in USA as manager at Los Angeles Branch and other branches in Japan.

     

     

  • KV Sridhar
    National Creative Director
    Leo Burnett India

    KV Sridhar

    National Creative Director

    Leo Burnett India

    From humble beginnings as a bollywood film billboard painter to the Chief Creative Officer India Sub Continent of Leo Burnett , Pops has seen it all and today is widely respected as a creative leader in Indian Advertising

    Pops has not just won more than a bounty of International metals including 22 Cannes lions and a Grand Global at NYF, over 230 international recognitions and over 500 Indian awards. He is known for his vision and understanding of where brands and brand communications are going.

    Under his creative leadership, Leo Burnett India went on to win agency of the year in the Leo Burnett global network, twice.

    Pops, as he is popularly known, is credited with the emergence of Leo Burnett as a creative powerhouse in India. Creativity magazine ranks Leo Burnett India among top 20 creative agencies in the world. Pops has been on many Indian & International award juries. Back in 2006-07 he was nominated for the ‘Teacher’s Achievement Awards’. In 2008, he was recognized by the United Nations for his contributions made against Gender bias in Media & Advertising. In July 2009, Pops was honoured with the New York Festivals Creative Achievement Award and in November of 2010 he was cited with the 2010 creative of the year (Indian Subcontinent) award by Campaign Asia-Pacific’s Agency of the Year awards.

     

     

  • Neeraj Sanan
    Chief Marketing Officer & Head – Distribution
    MCCS

    Neeraj Sanan
    Chief Marketing Officer & Head – Distribution

    MCCS

    Neeraj Sanan, 39 years is the Head of marketing and distribution for three national broadcast channels; ABP News, ABP Ananda and ABP Majha. Neeraj also heads MCCS’ Digital arm and its central creative cell. An avid marketer, Neeraj has more than 17 years of marketing experience across product categories including FMCG (skin care, hair care, and confectionery), semi durables (paints) and services (broadcast, mobile). Prior to joining MCCS, Neeraj was the CMO at Web18, the mobile & internet arm of Network18. He has proved his acumen across some of the leading brands in the country such as Dabur, Wrigleys, Network18 and now MCCS.

    He is an Electronics & Communications engineer, and has completed his Post Graduation in Management

     

  • Nishith Takia
    Co-Founder & Director – Sales and Marketing
    Krayon Pictures

    Nishith Takia

    Co-Founder & Director – Sales and Marketing

    Krayon Pictures

    After his graduation in Accounting and Business, Nishith Takia, did his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, USA.

    In his life as a software engineer, he started the offshore web development center for Mphasis, and also held the position of an Executive Editor for Express Computer, (INDIAN EXPRESS GROUP) and started India's first software magazine and Banking Technology magazine.

    His career in the entertainment industry began almost 8 years ago, when he was appointed as the CEO by Ms. Pooja Bhatt for her talent management company. Later on he moved on as a CEO for a startup by Nitin Manmohan, Sanjay Dutt, Suneil Shetty and Ajay Dewgan. Later he managed work of artistes like Sushmita Sen, Ayesha Takia and a few more.

    Currently he is a founder / director and co-owner of Krayon Pictures Private Limited. He has been instrumental in producing India's first 3D stereoscopic animated feature film, Delhi Safari, directed by Nikhil Advani. The films boasts of being in the selection for being nominated for OSCARS. The film is dubbed by Govinda, Boman Irani, Akshaye Khanna, Urmila Matondkar, Prem Chopra ... The English version is dubbed by famous hollywood actors, Chris Garret, Vanessa Williams and others. The film has been officially screened at Annecy International Film Festival and won the BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM at Ficci Frames in India. He is also currently working on the production of an animated series produced by one of the leading producers in Australia.

    Nishith is responsible for global sales of the film and travels extensively in various film festivals and film markets for international sales and business development. He is currently responsible for a tie up with one of the largest French company to do a co-production of an animated tv series and a feature film. He has also been instrumental in developing a film with a co-production partner in Poland and roped in a three time Green Gold Award cameraman and the director of the Best Foreign Film at Cannes as the script doctor.

     

  • Rajesh Lalwani
    Founder & CEO
    Blogworks

    Rajesh Lalwani

    Founder & CEO

    Blogworks

    Rajesh Lalwani is the CEO of Blogworks, a consulting firm, which provides strategic social media solutions to brands and corporates. A marketing and communication professional, with 18 years of relevant experience, he has crafted marketing, public relations and digital media strategies for prominent global brands.

    He is also the Principal Coordinator of IndiaSocial, a knowledge focused community around social media which hosts initiatives like the IndiaSocial Summit – India’s largest social media conference.

    Besides writing a popular marketing blog focused on bringing out insights, Rajesh regularly writes for prestigious publications. His views on the future of marketing and social media are regularly featured in the media and often sought by organisations like Nokia and Microsoft, among others, for their global insights programmes.

    He has served on committees for trade associations and as a jury member for prestigious marketing awards.

     

     

     

  • Raman Kalra
    Director and Partner, Industry Leader – M & E
    IBM Global Business Services (SA)

    Raman Kalra

    Head - Media & Entertainment

    Executive Director & Partner, Communications Sector

    IBM Global Business Services, India/South Asia

    Raman Kalra is Head – Media & Entertainment Industry & Executive Director/Partner, Communications Sector, IBM Global Business Services, India/SA.

    Working closely with the Global M&E Industry leadership team, Raman is overall responsible for the Industry P&L, development and execution of the Industry thought leadership & strategies to deliver consulting services in the region. Raman has been an active voice for digitization working closely with regulatory bodies, key Industry CxOs & other partners to help industry players tap the opportunity of B2B to B2C shift.

    Finance professional by qualification, Raman has over 20 years experience in Industry and Consulting, with a strong track record in growing and managing businesses. Working closely with some of India’s leading M&E companies across Broadcasting DTH, Cable & Print, Raman has overseen the development of industry strategies & solutions focused on transformation of the back office, new digital supply chain transformation and serving the digital consumer.

    A regular speaker in key industry forums like FICCI, Assocham & Management Institutes, Raman passionately enjoys talking about Industry trends in Media & Entertainment & Smarter Planet strategies of IBM.

     

     

  • SMM Ausaja
    Vice President
    Osians Learning Experience

    SMM Ausaja

    Vice President

    Osians Learning Experience

    What would you call a man whose passion for the last 25 years has been Hindi Cinema memorabilia? S M M Ausaja, 42, began writing on cinema since 1989 in his hometown Lucknow for Lucknow City Magazine, reviewing the latest releases during graduation studies! He completed management and began a stint in TV Software production. In Mumbai he joined Plus Channel under Amit Khanna and Mahesh Bhatt as a trainee on India’s first English daily A Mouthful of Sky in 1996. He went on to produce several TV shows in the years to come. Concurrently, his columns on cinema continued in various journals viz. G-magazine, Movie, tehelka.com, Screen etc. His stint with TV software production continued in companies like Plus Channel, Integral Productions, Channel Nine-Gold and Gemini Studios where he executed various popular projects. He has also directed documentaries on Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Hema Malini which were telecast on prime-time television. His debut book BOLLYWOOD IN POSTERS released in 1999 and was rated a bestseller by India Today. The book, with a Foreword by Amitabh Bachchan (who also released it at the IIFA, Macau) got two nominations at the prestigious Vodafone-Crossword Book Awards under the Best Non-Fiction and Best Popular Book categories. He is currently the Vice President at Osians Learning Experience, Mumbai.

  • D Ramanaidu
    Film-maker and Producer

    D Ramanaidu

    Film-maker and Producer

    Dr. Ramanaidu Daggubati is the son of Shri Venkatewarulu Daggubati and was born in 1936 at Karamchedu, Prasam District.

    Shri D Ramanaidu’s life started as a humble agriculturist and later he entered into films as a Producer during the year 1963 and has produced a world record of about 137 films in various Indian languages. He has achieved the Prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2009 for Outstanding Contributions to the Growth and Development of Indian Cinema, during the 57th National Film Awards. He has also received a praise worthy appreciation from the Guinness Book of World Records as well as the Limca Book Awards.

    He is still actively associated with the Indian Film industry as a producer and the Owner of 3 Film Studios. Apart from this he is also constantly supporting and helping poor people, professionals and doing philanthropic activities.

    Shri Ramanaidu’s career started as a film producer in the year 1963 with his first film Ramudu Bheemudu. So far he has produced 137 films in various Indian languages such as Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, English, Oriya, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, Assamese, Gujarathi, Bhojpuri and Punjabi.   He is still producing films with round the clock dedication for producing purposeful films with clean and healthy entertainment.

    Many of his films such as Ahanaa Pellanta, Kathanayakudu, Surigadu, Andhra Vaibhavam, Ashuk, Preminchu and etc., have won National and State awards, besides several local awards. He has worked with firm policies of providing perfect entertainment to Indian audience, with so many educative values and each film with a message.

    In the process of his film production, he has introduced as many as twenty three new directors to cinema, who are today the leading personalities as film directors. He has also introduced several newcomers as artists, who are established and successful as film stars. Besides them, my films have provided several employment opportunities to lower class and middle class artists and technicians.

    He has set up an up-to-date laboratory with modern facilities and constructed a film studio RAMANAIDU STUDIOS primarily with the intention of serving small producers who can step in into the studios with a story script, complete entire activity of shooting and recordings and can go with final release prints.  He is also running the “RAMANAIDU FILM SCHOOL” which is giving training for Direction, Cinematography and Acting. He has a studio at Vishakapatnam, Bheemili Beach which was inaugurated by our beloved Ex-Chief Minister Dr.Y.S.Rajashekar Reddy Garu. He believes that it is a great privilege of contributing for the growth of production and economy of Indian film industry.

    As an expression of gratitude to the world around him who has given him this success, he has taken up social and philanthropic activities in the name of Ramanaidu Charitable Trust. The old age home that he has set up at Narsapur, 70kms away from Hyderabad, provides a new lease of peaceful life for the senior citizens. He has donated 35 acres of land to Vignana Jyothi which is named as Ramanaidu Agricultural Institute at Narsapur.  In addition to this he has launched an eye hospital at Karamchedu, Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh for the benefits of the poor and able to provide vision to them. Also, he has taken up a large number of welfare activities for the agriculture community and here are a few others:

    1. TTD Devasthanam

    2. Srisailam Devasthanam

    3. Old Age Home

    4. Universities in A.P

    5. Education for elementary schools

    6. Lift irrigation at Parchoor Mandal

    7. Community Hall at Film Nagar

    8. Bus shelters at several places

    9. Andhra Pradesh Police welfare fund

    10. A.P Flood relief fund

    11. Andhra Social and Cultural Association, Dr.D.Ramanaidu Complex at Chennai,

    12. A.P.Film Chamber of Commerce, Film Nagar

    13. Kalamandapam at Film Nagar

    14. Film Nagar Cultural Club

    It is his desire to serve the society in the future to the maximum possible extent. Every rupee that he has spent on charity activities is from his own earnings. He has always been allotting a percentage of his economy for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden and he still continues to do so. He feels that it is his duty and responsibility to serve the mankind with practical and perfect help and useful assistance, in addition to him being a film maker of world record as a single individual.

    Donations:

    - Bapatla Parliamentary Constituency for various development activities : Rs. 7.50 Cr                                                                                                

    - For Education, Medical & Public Utility Donations & Old age home, hospitals etc.: Rs. 2.50 Cr

    - Kargil Army Welfare Fund in 2001: Rs.  3 lakhs

    - Elementary School at Tirupati in 2002: Rs.10 lakhs

    - A.P. Film Chambers of Commerce in 2002: Rs.25 lakhs

    - Chief Minister’s Relief Fund during natural          calamities – 2006: Rs.15 lakhs

    - Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the year 2009: Rs.20 lakhs

    -  Donated 35 Acres of  land to Vignan Jyothi Institute of Management

    The Total amount about 10.80 Crores has been spent for the charity activities and welfare of the poor and downtrodden people

    He was a Member of the Parliament from 1999-2004 representing Bapatla Parliamentary Constituency of Andhra Pradesh. He was honoured with the Best Parliamentary Award by the Government of India in the year 2003. He is still serving the people without any political alliance to the extent of his abilities.     

    With a distinguished record of his own, he will stand and serve the society in all respects in future also, with an objective to lead an educated, prosperous and enlightened humanity, in his own humble way with dedication and determination.

     

  • Uday Singh
    Managing Director
    Motion Pictures Distributors Association

     

    Uday Singh

    Managing Director

    Motion Picture Distributors Association

    Uday Singh is the Managing Director of the Motion Picture Association’s India office, responsible for promoting and protecting the commercial and creative interests of the Hollywood studios in India as well as those of the local screen communities. In this capacity, he oversees all operations including: strategic partnerships, government advocacy, public relations, content protection, and technology. He is on the working committee of the MIB Five Year Plan in respect of the Film Sector and the FICCI- IPR committee.

    Before taking this role, Uday was CEO of PVR Pictures where he orchestrated a partnership with Summit Entertainment and Hyde Park. Earlier, Uday was Executive Vice President for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, responsible for managing and growing Sony’s portfolio of local Indian language films, and was MD of Sony Pictures India.

    Under his leadership, Sony Pictures India emerged as the most successful Hollywood studio in India. It was the #1 Studio for nine years and has the unique distinction of crossing the Rupees one billion mark in ticket sales four times in a span of six years. Under Uday’s watch, Sony Pictures India won the prestigious first Sony United Award from Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation for the film Saawariya in 2008.

    Uday also oversaw the establishment of home entertainment operations and television licensing and syndication for Sony Pictures. Further, he facilitated the arrival of Sony Playstation in India.

    Uday started his career at Philips India where he held positions in consumer electronics, domestic appliances and multimedia.

    An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Singh completed an AMP in 2010.

     

     

     

  • Gurbir Singh
    Senior Associate Editor
    Businessworld

    Gurbir Singh

    Senior Associate Editor 

    Businessworld

    Gurbir Singh is a senior journalist whose career in the profession spans over two-and-a-half decades. He began his stint as a journalist in 1980 by writing for the Indian Express, Mumbai. He went on to join Bennett, Coleman & Company’s The Times of India News Service as a trainee. His first appointment was on the News Desk of The Economic Times as a Sub-Editor.

    He was promoted as a Chief Sub-Editor of the Economic Times, a post he held till 1996 when he joined the paper’s News Bureau as Principal Correspondent. He then moved up as Special Correspondent and then Assistant Corporate Editor in 2004.

    In The Economic Times, Gurbir was in charge of the “Media & Entertainment” and “Real Estate & Property” sections of the paper. He is a widely read and respected writer of acumen and integrity. He pioneered business writing in Entertainment and Media and more particularly Film and Television since 1996, when none existed in these areas. Similarly, Real Estate, always a mystery market, was brought to the Page 1 of business writing by a team led by him.

    He has written on a wide variety of special subjects including labour, environment and civil rights. 

    In November 2005, he joined the Hindustan Times as ‘Media Editor’ and was part of the core team that helped launch the newspaper in Mumbai. He was in-charge of all media coverage in the newspaper and guided teams of reporters for covering city development, real estate and special urban issues. He has successfully launched the weekly ‘Media Biz’ for the newspaper – the only page of its kind among Indian Newspapers.

    He thereafter took up an assignment with ‘Businessworld’ in August 2007 as a Senior Associate Editor. He continues to write for the business weekly currently specializing in real estate and infrastructure, media and entertainment, labour and civic issues.

    He has won the prestigious international award for the best International Story in English in 2001 instituted by the Emirate of Dubai. The $5,000 Award was for a lead story on the economics of the ‘Dubai Shopping Festival’ that was carried by the ‘Times of India’.  He has also been awarded the ‘Best Real Estate Writer Award’ for 2004 instituted by the ‘Accomodation Times’.

    Other areas of interest:

    Civic/Social

    Gurbir takes a keen interest in civic and social affairs and is a co-founder of the NGO  Nivara Hakk Suraksha Samiti along with actress and ex-MP Shabana Azmi and other professionals. The organization has done exemplary work in the housing and rehabilitation of slum-dwellers. The organization also facilitates amenities like crèches, balwadis for children and health centres for the underprivileged.

    The NGO Nivara Hakk is currently working on the largest urban rehab project in Asia involving the construction of 18,000 housing units at Chandivili for the slum oustees of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

    Professional Representation

    Gurbir is currently the President of the Press Club of Mumbai and earlier served as Honorary Secretary of the club from 2001 to 2008. Under his stewardship, the Press Club was rebuilt as a modern facility and has today emerged as an important media platform.

    He has previously also served several terms as the secretary of the Bombay Union of Journalists (BUJ) and appeared before the Press Council and National Wage Board to represent the journalist community. 

     

  • Yunus Bukhari
    Founder & CEO
    Art.ery Animation & Fx

    Yunus Bukhari

    Founder & CEO

    Art.ery Animation & Fx

    ART.ERY ANIMATION & Fx (AAF) would like to introduce itself as not a company but a congregation of like–minded individuals who believe that creativity is a way of life and technology is the means to it.

    Projects done (Feature Films)

    Devdas – Hindi, Koi Mil Gaya – Hindi, Viruddh – Hindi, Rakht – Hindi, Khel – Hindi, Stumble ( English – Kannada ), Indra – Telugu, Baaz – Hindi, Waqt – Hindi, White Noise – English(Indian), Katputtli – Hindi, Saawan – Hindi, Gumnaam – Hindi, Deh – Hindi, Aatma – Hindi, Mee Shivaji, Raaje Bhosle Boltoy – Marathi, Wanted – Hindi feature film, Toonpur ka Super Hero – Hindi –Visual Effects Supervisor – First Indian Live action + 3D film, Few films on creative stage

    Television

    Josh – was the most expensive action TV software on star plus

    Saara Akaash – on star plus (we created F-16 & Sukhoi)

    Kandy Floss – Character Animation – Sony TV

    Biggest Looser – Jeetega – On Sahara TV

    Aladdin – On Zee TV (we did 30 episodes from beginning)

    Commercials (Product Agency)

    Sunsilk – for HTA ( we did all languages including Srilanka), Amritprash – Ambience, Vimal – Mudra communications, Sonora – Tiles, Sirtex – under garments & thermal wear, Sogo – Tiles, Chokra – Beauty Soap, Samay – CFL lights, 502 Chai – Tea TVC, Electro TMT Bars – TVC, Laxmi Toor Dal – TVC, Force SUV – TVC

    International Films (Outsourced work)

    Hoodwinked – 3D Feature Film, Veritaas – Live Action + CG, Highlander – Live Action + CG, Newseum – Live Action + CG – Stereoscopic- format, Resdent Evil 3 – Live Action + CG, The Game Plan – Live Action + CG, Ghost Rider-2, Wrath of the Titans, Prometheus, Spider man - Amazing

    Production of Animation Films

    • We are in the process of starting Stereoscopic Animation Feature Film with International quality standards.

    • In the similar way for Television Productions too.

     

  • Hiren Gada
    Director
    Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd.

    Hiren Gada

    Director

    Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd.

    Mr. Hiren Gada is a Management graduate with 18 years experience. Mr. Gada is a second generation of the promoter family and joined the business in 2002. He has led the transformation of a family run business into a professionally driven corporate and also has helped expand the company’s presence on the International front.

    Mr. Gada is currently handling several areas like Strategy, Finance and Marketing among others at Shemaroo. He has also been instrumental in putting in place several new initiatives for growth of the various businesses that Shemaroo Entertainment is operating in. Mr. Gada has been widely quoted in media on important industry-related issues and has been a prominent speaker at various industry forums.

    Founded in 1962, Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd is among the largest Filmed Entertainment “Content House” in the country active in Content Ownership, Aggregation and Distribution. Shemaroo Entertainment has a large content library of over 2500 titles. The Shemaroo brand is today synonymous with quality entertainment in the Indian entertainment eco system.

    Shemaroo is engaged in the distribution of content for satellite channels, physical formats and emerging technologies like the Mobile, Internet, Broadband, IPTV and DTH among others. With its partnership with the major telecom operators and other digital media platforms, Shemaroo is at the forefront of the digital age. The company has also tied up with many content providers across the country. 

     

  • Isa Seow
    Senior Academic
    Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    Isa Seow

    Senior Academic

    Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    Isa Seow began as a musician and artiste in Singapore. He plays several instruments and was highlighted as a multi-instrumentalist and composer by The Straits Times in the 1990s. He was signed to Pony Canyon, a Japanese label, before enlisting for the Singapore military service. At Pony Canyon, among other things, he produced, “Candy Whiskey” (1993), and provided tracks on “Red, Hot and Skin” (1994) and “Tribute to Elvis” (1993).

    He is both an artist and a technology evangelist.  In 2000 Seow graduated cum laude with a degree in political science at Harvard University and thereafter obtained his M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge in 2004. At both universities he completed his studies researching the topic of technology and society.

    In 2003 he was recruited by the United Nations to serve in Kuala Lumpur as its specialist in technology and policy. Since then he has been actively working in the fields of technology and copyright, and was hired in 2006 as the Director of Technology Initiatives at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). At the MPAA Seow was instrumental in the formation and activities of the Centre for Content Promotion, which is a consortium of companies dedicated to the secure delivery of movies and TV. As a frequent speaker at media, entertainment and technology conferences on the topics of digital content and secure delivery via the internet, Seow provides a unique perspective that represents various stakeholders as a producer, performer and publisher, in addition to his technology advisory role in industry.

    Seow is currently a Senior Academic at Republic Polytechnic (RP) based in Singapore.

     

  • Krishna Desai
    Director - Content
    South Asia Turner International India Pvt. Ltd.

    Krishna Desai

    Director - Content, South Asia

    Turner International India Pvt. Ltd.                                                                                                                                                                                    

    Based out of Mumbai, Krishna heads Turner’s kids networks in South Asia. Krishna is responsible for the content and communication portfolios of Cartoon Network, POGO and Cartoon Network Pakistan.

    Backed by his strong research background and deep rooted understanding of kids as television audience, Krishna has played a pivotal role in managing Cartoon Network and POGO sustain their leadership position in India.

    Krishna is charged with leading on-air and digital content and communication teams to deliver innovative and engaging franchises, unique programming stunts and matrix, ratings and growth for audiences and stakeholders. To this end, Krishna works closely with other departments to maintain and develop integrated plans to promote our content across platforms.  

    Krishna joined Turner as senior research manager and played an important role in both the launch of Turner’s second kids’ network, POGO and successful development of Cartoon Network’s pioneering annual patented kids’ survey, New Generations.

    A self-starter, Krishna instituted various initiatives like sales planning, retail business planning, market segmentation & prioritization, program classification, new processes for programming grid development amongst others, providing invaluable support to diverse functions across the network.       

    Krishna joined Turner in December 2003, with a background in media planning, buying and research at O&M/Mindshare and Madison Communications spanning over four years.  Krishna is a post graduate from NMIMS, Mumbai and is married.

     

  • Roop Sharma
    President
    Cable Operators Federation of India

    Roop Sharma

    President

    Cable Operators Federation of India

    Mrs. Roop Sharma joined the Cable TV Industry in 1990, as the first woman cable operator of India and the first on in North India. From the very beginning, she took upon herself the task of consolidating and organizing the nascent industry as the General Secretary of Delhi Cable Operators Welfare Association. In 1993, she was elected the founder President of Cable Operators Federation of India (COFI), the apex body of last mile cable operators.

    Her first major achievement was the recognition of Cable TV as a Small Scale Service and Business Enterprise by the Ministry of Industries in 1994. The next one was coaxing the government introduce Cable TV Act of 1995 to regulate the industry. In 2002 she lobbied hard for introducing addressability through CAS and now her focus is to get the digitalization implemented fast keeping interest of last mile operators intact.

    She is a well travelled person having knowledge of Indian as well as international Cable & Satellite markets.

    At Present she is a member of National Task Force for implementing 

     

     

  • Sameer Pitalwalla
    Director
    Video & Celebrity Disney UTV

    Sameer Pitalwalla

    Director, Video & Celebrity

    Disney UTV

    Sameer Pitalwalla has been a part of the media and internet domain for over 9 years now. He is currently responsible for spear-heading Disney UTV’s digital video & celebrity division.  

    Along with building a strong internet presence for UTV and its channels across social media, Sameer has also devised and launched Celebrity Audio Chats and Audio Blogs in the mobile space.

    Prior to joining UTV, Sameer worked with the Times Group, where he created and built the Times Audience Network (TAN), the digital video arm of the Times Group. In addition to his role in TAN, Sameer was also the Business Head of Follo, the Group's foray into digital distribution of celebrity content.  
     

     

  • Samir Jain
    Co Founder
    GreenGold Animation

    Samir Jain

    Co Founder

    GreenGold Animation

    Mr.Samir Jain comes from a business family , which has been into imports and distribution of chemicals since 1959.

    While pursuing  hisBachelors degree in Commerce from Mumbai University , he also joined the family business and started marketing and selling chemicals, while doing so in the 12th standard , he wanted to diversify from trading to manufacturing . A small scale industry was then established by him in the year 1984 at Navi Mumbai manufacturing “Guanidine Nitrate “. Subsequently he went on to establish M/s.S.B.Organics Ltd., at Hyderabad  in a joint venture with the Govt. Of Andhra Pradesh.  SBOL is amongst the world leaders in Guanidine salts and caters to local as well as international markets.

    Looking to diversify , he then got into mass housing and started a housing  project of 1.5 million sq.ft consisting of 1550 apartments , the idea was to offer smaller flats with amenities of luxury projects  in the heart of the city. About 600 families have already moved in .

    During a casual conversation with Rajiv , who had founded Green Gold , Samir became a partner and they incorporated Green Gold Animation P Ltd., The passion to do something new and a vision to create content for indian children specifically,  where they could be exposed to  positive values and ethics and grow to be good human beings , With this vision the journey started  and once again succeded .  Subsequently the merchandising division was started and he started focusing on this . Today Green Gold has been able to create a Licencing and distribution arm which covers the traditional distribution , Moder trade , Green golds own retail chain under the banner “ Green Gold Store “ which today has 25 franchisee outlets across India , Licencing of  Green Gols I.P. . where Green Gold has recently won The Star Licensor of the year “ award. Green Gold has been able to develop more than 1200 products  which are sold through the above network .

     

  • Susan Erokan
    Production Supervisor
    Dreamworks Animation

     

    Susan Erokan

    Production Supervisor

    Dreamworks Animation

    Sue Erokan  is a Production Supervisor at Dreamworks Animation.  She has been at Dreamworks for 10 years, leading the character animators on films including Shrek 2 and 3, Madagascar 1, 2 and 3 and Megamind.

    Sue has been in the industry for 25 years.  Her previous jobs include scheduling manager at Western Images, a post-production facility, and producer at Pomegranit Editorial.  She also produced media for live events at Shout Creative.

    Sue is currently hard at work on the Penguins of Madagascar movie, due out in 2015.

     

     

  • ​Sujata Dev
    Chairperson
    National Council of Media & Entertainment, ASSOCHAM

    ​Sujata Dev

    Chairperson

    National Council of Media & Entertainment, ASSOCHAM

    Ms. Sujata Dev is currently:

    - Chairperson (M & E), ASSOCHAM, India

    - MD, Third Generation Mobile Pvt Ltd

    - Co-founder and VP, IPTV India Forum

    - Co-ordinator for Festival Asia TV and Film on Journey, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan For (2012-2013)

    - Mentor, IMPACT, an Anti-piracy body

    - Industry convener, IIM Shillong

    - Director CMAI

    Sujata Dev has been awarded, 'Rashtriya Udyog Ratna Award' and her organisation the 'Quality Brands Award' in 2012.  In 2011 she was honoured with the most prestigious award, 'Global Indian Achiever's Award' for her immense contribution to Indian economy by giving it a global perspective. She is also the recipient of the “Udyog Rattan Award” for her outstanding performance in the field of Industrial development of the country. In 2009 she has received the IES award (International Economics Study) from the London Chamber of Commerce.

    She brought in few of the cutting edge technologies from other parts of the Globe. This helped in the national growth of infrastructure, in the Telecom and Media space. She along with her team was the first to successfully have done the IPTV test run with MTNL which had initiated the ADSL 2+ revolution in India.
    Her World Bank white paper on micro Economics has been widely appreciated and was presented in several forums in 2001.
    She played a key role in enhancing Media and Entertainment ties between Japan and India, by strategising for JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation, Ministry of Economy Trade). Her contribution in developing business with Japan and Malaysia as an entrepreneur led to export earnings for India in the space of convergence of telecommunication and M&E. Her reports have been widely appreciated by the government of Japan and Malaysia and she was honoured by both the government in 2010. She was invited in Tokyo, Japan as the 'Eminent Women Achiever of Asia' to address the elite entrepreneurs of APAC region.
    Sujata is the MD, Third Generation Mobile Pvt Ltd. and 3G TV Pvt Ltd, which is into advisory services for providing VAS and Mobile applications, in the growing domain of content repurposing. It is also into providing market research and data analysis.
    She is the chairperson (National Committee of Media & Entertainment), ASSOCHAM (Associated Chamber Of Commerce), the apex knowledge chamber of India.
    From ASSOCHAM she has been fortunate to lead the Indian delegation and host the Indian Pavilion, on behalf of the Govt. of India to the Cannes Film festival and US Film market. She has represented on behalf of the Media & Telecommunication Industry, for major policy making on Convergence and Digitalization to relevant Ministries.
    As Co-founder and Vice President - IPTV Forum India she has been interacting with TRAI for major policy making and international representation.
    She is authoring the official autobiography of Mohammed Rafi, the great legend of India which is being published by OM Books international. She has written 152 articles and published reports with prestigious publications like TOI, Data Quest, Cable Quest, Box Office, Indian Television.Com and many others. She has also been instrumental in representing India in global platforms and has spoken in more than 650 national and international seminars.

     

  • Juntaro Shimizu
    Deputy Director General
    Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Mumbai

    Juntaro Shimizu

    Deputy Director General

    Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Mumbai

    Mr. Juntaro Shimizu passed Japanese Higher Civil Service Examination (Economics) and joined the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI), Government of Japan in 2000. He has worked in Macroeconomics Affairs Division, Ministry Secretariat and Automobile Division upto 2006. After graduating from Harvard University for his Masters in Public Administration in 2008, he was back to METI and was in charge of formulating climate change policy till 2011.

    He was sent to JETRO Mumbai on deputation from METI in 2011.

     

  • Paul Jackson
    Chief Engineer
    NDS Asia Pacific

    Paul Jackson

    Chief Engineer

    NDS Asia Pacific

    Paul Jackson is the Chief Engineer for NDS Asia Pacific and is responsible for system design and consultancy for NDS systems deployed by Asia Pacific operators for personal TV, interactive applications, secure content delivery over cable, satellite and broadband networks and content on the go. 

    He has worked for NDS for over 17 years, and has over 24 years experience in the broadcasting industry. 

    He has extensive experience advising Asian pay-TV operators migrating from analogue to digital on exploiting their investments in digital infrastructure to generate revenues. 

    He leads the NDS Asia Pacific Consulting Services to design digital broadcasting platforms in China, India and Korea.

    Paul is an active member of pay TV industry association CASBAA’s Regulatory and Anti-Piracy Committee and OTT and Connected Media Group.

     

     

     

  • Pulak Bagchi
    Vice President (Legal & Regulatory Affairs)
    Star India Private Limited

    Pulak Bagchi

    Vice President (Legal & Regulatory Affairs) 

    Star India Private Limited

    Pulak handles regulatory affairs, policy & advocacy issues, legislation and governance matters besides contracts and litigations.  Earlier he has worked with MSM Discovery where he was heading the legal & regulatory function. Prior to it he has worked with Vodafone Essar Ltd. He was also a practicing advocate in Calcutta High Court, being a partner with Singhania & Co. LLP. As a lawyer Pulak has a rich, blended experience of legal & regulatory affairs across various sectors. He has completed his LLB from Calcutta University.

     

  • Prashant Bhatt
    Head of Weekday Programming
    Colors (Viacom18)

    Prashant Bhatt

    Head of Weekday Programming

    Colors (Viacom18)

    Prashant is the Programming Head of Fiction (Weekday) at Colors (Viacom18). He has been associated with television for over two decades. His experience spans conceptualizing, creative writing, story ideation, screenplay development, execution, marketing strategies and promotions.

    Prior to joining Colors, Prashant has extensively worked with a majority of production houses,creating content for leading General Entertainment Channels (GECs) in the country.As a creative director  he has conceptualized, developed and executed shows with established production houses such as Balaji Telefilms, Cinevista, UTV, Rajshri Productions, AK Films, Jay Productions, Maverick, Creative Eye(to name a few). Some notable shows designed by him include ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki’, ‘KahinKissi Roz’, ‘Bhagyavidhaata’, ‘Uttaran’, ‘LaagiTujhse Lagan’, ‘Bade Achhe Lagte Hain’ among others.

    Prashant currently leads the weekday programming for Colors since December 2011 where he drives the channel`s fiction properties . Under his leadership, the channel presents game-changing and successful shows such as ‘BalikaVadhu’ and ‘Uttaran’. Some of the on-air shows lately conceptualized by Prashant include ‘Madhubala’ and ‘Sanskaar’.Under his guidance, Colors is the first GEC in the country to introduce the ‘Seasons” format for its fiction show. This can be seen in the show ‘Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kahan ‘

    In 2012, he also served as the member of jury for the Semi Finals round of the prestigious International Emmy Awards.

     

  • Mandheer Walia
    Solution Manager, Media & Entertainment
    SAP Labs, USA

    Mandheer Walia

    Solution Manager, Media & Entertainment,

    SAP Labs, USA

    Mr. Mandheer Walia is Solution Manager with the Media Industry Solutions Group at SAP. The Industry solutions team is responsible for setting the direction for SAP’s Media & Entertainment solution portfolio, including market trends, requirements and solution definition that combine applications, cloud, mobile and technology, to help our customers run their businesses better.

    Mandheer joined SAP in 2000, holding positions in consulting, presales and solution management. His focus areas are on topics related to Content and Audience Monetization. Over the past 12 years, Mandheer has worked with media companies of all sizes in North America and with strategic media customers on a global basis.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Guneet Monga
    Producer
    Anurag Kashyap Films

    Guneet Monga

    Producer

    Anurag Kashyap Films

    Voted as one of the top 12 women achievers in the Global Entertainment industry by Hollywood Reporter and among the top 50 Indians changing India as by India Today, producer Guneet Monga over the years has been finding an alternative audience which is not restricted by region or geography and channelizing the right stream for the Indie effort at a global level.

    She has paved the way for Inde Indian cinema globally with her films premiering at prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, BFI: London and more. She is also among the few Indian producers who is working with some of the largest film sales agencies globally, including Elle Driver, Match Factory, Fortissimo Films amongst others.

    She has to her credit some path breaking films including the Oscar nominated short film Kavi directed by Gregg Helvey, Gangs of Wasseypur, Part I & II(2012), Aiyya (2012) and That Girl In Yellow Boots (2011), Shaitan by Bejoy Nambiar (2011). She has also Co-Produced Dasvidaniya (2008) and Trishna by Michael Winterbottom (2011).

    Her forthcoming projects include Monsoon Shootout by Amit Kumar, Peddlers by Vasan Bala, Haraamkhor by Shlok Sharma which was well received in Cannes 2012, Toba Tek Singh by Pan Nalin and the Oscar winning director Danis Tanovic’s next venture starring Emraan Hashmi amongst others.

     

     

  • Guru Vaidya
    Solution Consultant Adobe Video Solutions
    Adobe India

     

    Guru Vaidya

    Solution Consultant

    Adobe Video Solutions, Adobe India

    Guru Vaidya is a Solution Consultant for Video at Adobe  India and is responsible for providing support for Adobe's solutions catering to Video / Film. In his 10+ years industry experience Guru has worked across various functions from CG to online finishing to technical rollout. Prior to Adobe, Guru was in-charge of technical support for Aditya Infotech. His role included providing consultancy to studios and helping them gear up for production. He has also been a part of the VFX team at Pixion and worked on several key national and international projects. He is also an Adobe Certified Expert on Premiere Pro.

     
     

  • Avnindra Mohan
    President (Legal & Regulatory)
    Zee Network

     

    Avnindra Mohan

    President (Legal & Regulatory)

    Zee Network

    In a career spanning over 29 years, he has served with various reputed companies and multi-national organizations, the last being M/s. Reliance Infocomm Ltd. where he worked as  Head – Commercial & Legal. 

    Mr. Mohan is an expert in Broadcasting, Cable & Taxation Laws. He is a Law graduate, Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

    All the major litigations of the Essel Group in Supreme Court, High Courts, Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal are being handled by him.

    He is actively interacting with various Trade bodies, Associations such as FICCI, ASSOCHAM, etc., Regulatory Authorities (TRAI), Competition Commission of India (CCI) & various Ministries viz. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of HRD on different industry-related issues such as Content Piracy, Treaties, IPRs, Copyrights, Content Code for Broadcasters, International Taxation, etc.

    He has been representing Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) in the discussions relating to WIPO & WTO treaties for Broadcasting Sector with Ministry of HRD and Ministry of I & B. He is a member of various task force and committees constituted by Ministry of I & B, Govt. of India for implementation of Digital Addressable Systems (DAS), Broadcasting Bill, Content Code etc.

    Mr. Mohan has been regularly representing India in World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Geneva in the context of negotiation & finalization of an International Treaty for “Protection of Rights of Broadcasting Organizations.

    He has been regularly contributing articles in various periodicals/magazines, and also delivering lectures and deliberating sector-specific issues in different seminars & meetings. 

  • Avijit Deb
    Solicitor and Legal Advisor
    ABP Group

    Avijit Deb

    Solicitor and Legal Advisor

    ABP Group

    Mr. Avijit Deb was enrolled as a Solicitor in 1970 and has practiced in Calcutta since then.

    For the 40 years and more of practice, on professional work he has travelled all over the country and abroad for his various clients which include multi-national companies and other companies of standing and repute.

    Mr. Deb during his professional career has advised several media companies both national and international.

    He has served and is still serving on the Board of many companies.

     

  • A.R.Seshaprasad
    Head Of Digital Production
    Rhythm & Hues Studios (Asia)

    A.R.Seshaprasad

    Head Of Digital Production

    Rhythm & Hues Studios (Asia)

    Prasad has been a part of the Animation & Vfx  Industry for over 17 years now. He is currently a part of Rhythm & Hues Asia's core Studio Management team. He has been actively involved in setting up and growing the Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kuala Lumpur Studios of R&H. He has contributed on the visual effects and Animation of over 50 major Hollywood films including academy award winning films like The life of Pi and The Golden Compass.

    Prior to  R&H, Prasad has been involved in the making of several award winning animated commercials. Prasad is also the Vice President of Asifa India, a non profit organisation, which is the Indian chapter of The Association of International Du Film D' Animation, officially called ASIFA, an international body for animators recognized by the Unesco. In this capacity, he has been one of the chief organizers for the celebration of the International Animation day across the country & also for several other Industry events . Prasad is a part of several advisory boards and is also on the jury of several animation awards internationally.

     

  • Subhashish Mazumdar
    Senior Vice President
    IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd.

    Subhashish Mazumdar

    Senior Vice President (Marketing & Customer Relations)

    IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd. - Hinduja Group

    Has over 24 years of diverse managerial business experience as Profit Centre Head, Business Development, Sales & Marketing and Customer Management in Media, Retail financial products and FMCG. He is a Post Graduate in Management from the premier Management Institute, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.

    Has been in the Media Industry for almost a decade now, primarily focusing on the Digitalisation of the Cable Sector, since his entry in this industry. Had joined the Media Business of Hinduja Group in 2003, when CAS in cable was announced. Has worked with Multinationals and with the Tata Group. Formerly Chief-Marketing & Operations with Tata Home Finance

    Was involved in the initiation of the  entire digitalization process in Cable industry along with Hinduja Group and has been able to play a key role in the industry and for digitalization in Cable Sector along with his interactions with the Regulator, Government, Media Research Groups, Media analysts and the industry

    He is responsible for the Customer Relations, New Content Strategies for VAS, Marketing, Public Relations and new business developments of IMCL for Digital, through new content and channels. He also communicates the business plans to investors and strategic alliance partners for IMCL. 

     

  • A K Madhavan
    Chief Executive Officer
    Crest Animation Studios Limited

    A K Madhavan

    Chief Executive Officer

    Crest Animation Studios Limited

    A K Madhavan, the Chief Executive Officer of Crest Animation Studios Limited is credited with opening the doors for Indian Animation in the intensely competitive and demanding CGI products and services global market.

    Madhavan, joined the organization in the year 1999, when Animation Industry was an unrecognized entity in India and India’s animation competence unacknowledged in the global CGI space.

    He joined in the capacity of Vice President New Business Development and was entrusted with the responsibility of creating new business opportunities in the global CGI space for the Company.

    Madhavan is the Chief Architect of the company’s Vision and Sales & Marketing strategy. He is the key driver of the company’s growth, and has consistently generated more revenues from the international CGI market than any of his contemporaries in the Indian Animation Space.

    Madhavan’s Leadership, Sales and Marketing competence, business insights and a complete understanding of the Global CGI market is the key factor in establishing Crest Animation Studio and India in the global CGI map. The fact that he got the first CGI television series to India from the US market, even when the company or the country had nothing to show to the world market is a testimony to his Sales & Marketing acumen, belief in the creative and technological prowess of his very talented team.

    Crest’s first order was procured by him in the year 2002 and from thereon went to continuously create strategic partnerships with multiple producers of repute in the US and European Markets. The strategic alliances built with global CGI producers of repute are today reflected in the Brand Image of the company.

    In all his sales and marketing initiatives, he has always ensured that the company’s product portfolio increased the value proposition provided to its client and stakeholders alike.

    Madhavan is committed to ensuring that India is considered as a High on Value Destination for CGI products and Services in the Global CGI space. He leads the Indian Animation Industry in all the government forums including NASSCOM, FICCI etc.

    An exemplary Leader, a people person’s and a communicator par excellence he is the most sought out spokesperson for the Indian Animation Industry internationally.

    Madhavan has a Masters in Sales & Marketing, and has decades of experience in Sales & Marketing in the IT Industry in addition to Brand Building & Advertising.

     

  • Ravi Kishan
    Actor

    Ravi Kishan

    Ravi Kishan is a popular Indian actor and TV personality. Popular reality shows like Big Boss and more recently Ek Se badhkar Ek have brought him to the front line of top Indian television actors. In 2008, he started co-hosting the celebrity dance-based reality show Bathroom Singer, Ek se badhkar ek – Jalwe sitaron ke on Zee TV. Ravi Kishan also hosted a Reality show, Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka, on NDTV Imagine for two seasons. Ravi Kishan has worked with film directors like Shyam Benegal and Mani Rathnam in the year 2010. A film starring Ravi Kishan, ‘Jala Debh Duniya Tohra Pyar Mein’, produced by American film company PUN Films, was shown in the India Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival 2010. Besides Bhojpuri cinema, Ravi Kishan is a noted name in Hindi film industry. The year 2013 will see him playing pivotal roles in movies like; Zilla Ghaziabad, Ghayal Returns and Bullet Raja.

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  • Rinku Ghosh
    Actor

    Rinku Ghosh

    Actor

    - Place of Birth: Kerala

    - Mother Tongue: Bengali

    - Education: Kolaba, Mumbai.

    - Father’s Name: D.D. Ghosh (Navi Man)

    - First Film: Jai Maa Durga (Bengali)

    - First Telgu Film: Rave Na Cheliya

    - First Tamil Film: Aayyar Aayee P. A.

    - First Hindi Film: Bharat Bhagya Vidhata

    - First Bhojpuri Film: Suhagan Bana Da Sajna Hamar

    - First Advertisement: Mady Max Soap

    - First TV Show: Durgesh Nandini (Title Role)

    Other Films:

    - Wrong Number (Hindi)

    - Koyee Hai (Hindi)

    - Jeevan Joddo (Bengali)

    Bhojpuri Films:    

    - Suhagan Bana Da Sajna Hamar (Ravi Kishan)

    - Daroga Babu I Love You (Manoj Tiwari)

    - Hamar Ghar Wali (Ravi Kishan)

    - Bidari (Ravi Kishan)

    - Balidan (Ravi Kishan)

    - Saat Saheliyan (Dinesh Lala Yadav)

    - Aakhiri Rasta (Dinesh Lala Yadav)

    - Mritunjay (Dinesh Lala Yadav)

    - Kehu Humse Jeet Na Payee (Ravi Kishan)

    - Andha Kanoon (Manoj Tiwari)

    - Gathbandhan Pyar Ke (Pawan Singh)

    - Saugandh (Manoj Tiwari)

    - Kishan Arjun, Sainya Driver Bibi Khalasi, Tu Hi Mor Balma, Ye Balma Ji, Laal Chunariya Wali, Dushmani (Dinesh Lala Yadav)

    - Rakhwala (Dinesh Lala Yadav)

    Award:                  

    - Bidai and Balidaan (Best Actress Award)

    - Bihari Asmita Award

    - Visharad in Bharat Natyam.

    - Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar praised to Rinku Ghosh after viewed movie BIDAI and GATHBANDHAN PYAR KE.

    - First Bhojpuri Actress published interview 4 pages in Film Fare Magazine.

    Other Serials:        

    - Mohe Rang De (Colors)

    - Dhaniya Ke Thana (Anjan)

    - Participant in “Naach Nachaiya Dhoom Machaiya”.

    Forthcoming Films:  

    - Kotha, Saali Badi Sataveli

    - Ganga Jamuna Sarasvati

    - Ji Maa Maihar Wali (Hindi)

    - Jeena Teri Gali Mein

     

  • Durga Prasad Majumdar
    Music Director

    Durga Prasad Majumdar

    Music Director and National Award Winner

    Durga Prasad Majumdar a versatile personality :-

    1)      World Renowned Pakhawaj Player.

    2)      Vice Principal “Sadhana” School of Indian Music (Chicago- USA)

    3)      A Music Director & Composer

    4)      Chairman & MD, Aadi Shakti Entertainment Ptv.LTD.

    5)      Chairman & MD, Aadi Shakti ACR Pvt.LTD.

    Pandit Durga Prasad Majumdar, (Son Of Late.Dr.Bhanu Majumdar) born in Banaras (Uttar Pradesh) in a very high profile talented Musical family  in 1960. He Started learning Tabla & pakhawaj at the age of nine from internationally renowned Guru.Padmavibhushan Pandit Kishenji Maharaj from Banaras Gharana & Pandit Girdhar Prasad Jaipurwale from Jaipur Gharana.

    Graduated in Arts & Post Graduated in Music Pandit Durga Prasad Majumdar today  World’s renowned Pakhawaj player & Composer, Panditji has composed over 400 devotional albums for various artist in the country and abroad. He has accompanied pakhawaj World’s renowned Maestros of Indian Music like Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravishankar, Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi & also Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, Grammy Award winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Ronu Majumdar.

    Panditji has played table and pakhawaj for Indian Film Industry for more than 15 years with all time great Misic Directors like, R.D.Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Ravindra Jain. And almost all during those period.

    Panditji is also teaching Music in United States of America for last 22 years as a Vice Principal in a music School called “ Sadhana” (School of Indian Music). He has also traveled all over the world with various Indian & Western artist for performance. Countries like USA, Uganda, Europe, South East Asia, Middle East & African countries.

    United Nations of America & Divyadham in New York has honored Panditji with Awards of Excellence in 1998. In year 2006 Panditji has got Upadhi of “ Panditji”.

    Last decade Panditji has received widespread recognisation and award as a composer & pakhawaj player from various organization , in India and abroad.

    He is the first person to open a prestigious digital Technology Recording Studio in Mumbai called Trio Digital & Disha Audio Visual in 1994.

    Under the Banner of Aadi Shakti Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Pandit Durga Prasad Majumdar has presented more than Fifty Bojpuri Films like Nirhua Ke Prem Ke Rog Bhail, Lagal Raha E Rajaji, Ho Gayali Deewani Tohra PyarMein, Pratigya, Chalat Musaafir Mohliyo Re, Deewana, Daag, Diljale, Chalani Ke Chalal Dulha, Pyar Ho Gail Orania wali Se…etc. Also Produced Hindi, Film Chal Baaz, Bhojpuri Film Dushmani, Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, And English Film Game On.

    Panditji is also promoting Bhojpuri  singers, Music Directors and many other artist. Pandit Durga Prasad Majumdar’s company Aadishakti Entertainment is the only company which fully devoted towards helping Bhojpuri Cinema & Bhojpuri Music to make its mark in Indian Film Industry. Bhojpuri Industry has honored him with “Bhojpuri Bhushan” Award in 2009.

    Today Pandit Durga Prasad Majumdar is busy in National & International Musical project & Cinema.

     

  • Shantanu Bagchi
    Film-maker

    Shantanu Bagchi

    Film-maker

    Shantanu Bagchi, the man who made Sachin Tendulkar and Brett Lee play football in the 'Boost' commercials, and the filmmaker behind the animated mosquito in Mortein ads, is a well-known name in media and entertainment industry. He has made memorable TVCs’ with a mass connect. He has broken the advertising clutter by coming ahead with Nirma underwater ad, for which he was widely acclaimed. As a child artist he worked on the film ‘Sonar Kella’ with Satyajit Ray. Shantanu Bagchi is known for his methodical approach and bringing ahead tougher messages with simple ways of expressions.

     

  • Jahnu Barua
    Director and Film Maker

    Jahnu Barua 

    Director and Film Maker

    Nine time National Award winner Jahnu Barua did his post-graduation diploma in Film Direction from Film & TV Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Committed to better cinema, Jahnu Barua has so far made 12 feature films. All his films are highly critically acclaimed as well as commercially successful.

    Jahnu Barua has been conferred PADMA SHRI by the President of India in 2003, and Kamal Kumari National Award for Culture in 2004.One of India's internationally acclaimed filmmakers Jahnu Barua got major national as well as international recognition through Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai (The Catastrophe) that won the National Award for the Best Film (Golden Lotus) in 1988 and several international recognitions including the Grand Prix Silver Leopard and World Ecumenical Award at the Locarno International Film Festival, Best Film at Amien International Film Festival, and Best of Asia at the Tokyo International Film Festival. His film Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara (I did not kill Gandhi) that upholds the Gandhian values is one of the most critically acclaimed films in Indian cinema. The film has own several international awards and acclaims including the prestigious International FIPRESCI award at Mumbai International Film Festival and Kodak Vision Award at Fukuoka International Film Festival. Jahnu Barua has also been regularly contributing his expertise to many cinema related organizations and institutions. He has served as Jury Member/Chairperson in many national and international film festivals.

     

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