Ram Gopal Bajaj
Ram Gopal Bajaj graduated from National School of Drama in 1965. Mr. Bajaj is a noted Indian theatre director, academician, theatre & film actor. He has also been a faculty member and a former Director of National School of Drama, New Delhi. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1996 and Padma Shri in 2003 for his contribution to theatre. Mr. Bajaj has gifted many talented actors and writers to the Indian film industry under his reverent guidance. Apart from being an actor par excellence in theatre & films, he has written dialogues for feature films such as Jai Ganga. His most recent Feature Film in a leading role, ‘Mango Dreams’ has recieved various international film awards. Mr. Bajaj has also been jury member for National Film Awards.
Mr.Gyan Sahay is a graduate of FTII Pune-1975 batch. Mr.Gyan comes with heavy experience and contribution for live show photography apart from feature film cinematography. Gyan is among the first cinematographers to use multi camera setup for live shows and game shows such as Dekh Bhai Dekh, sarabhai vs sarabhai, close up Antakshari, SaReGaMaPa and Zee cine star ki khoj. Gyan has directed and produced several T.v serials and feature films such as Kaalchakra and Sar Aankhon Par. Never ending list of Gyan’s work include best of the event and award function photography for Zee Cine Awards, Screen Awards, ITA Awards And Gr8 Women Achiever’s Award. Gyan also enjoys the privilege of being jury member of RAPA awards, ITA awards and National Film Awards 2016.
Mr.Atul Tiwari was born and brought up in Lucknow. Atul is a graduate of National school of Drama Delhi-1983 batch. Mr.Atul also completed advanced course from The German National Theatre–Weimar and Berliner Ensemble in 1987. Atul is recipient of various awards for writing
and directing for stage plays. Atul’s vast experience of writing dialogues and screenplays for epic tv & film projects like Discovery of India, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose-The Forgotten Hero Bose, Samvidhan, Drohkaal and Mission kashmir establishes his range of writing skills, intense researcher’s mind and ability to write for stage and films both with equal panache. Atul regularly presents papers and teaches theatre, film, screenwriting and history at universities and colleges all over the country and abroad, including Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan) and several American Universities. Atul has been on jury of various film awards including RAPA and Screen Awards.
Mr.Suhail Tatari is a an eminent director from the world of Tv and films. His new web series Spotlight is getting rave reviews. His latest Children’s Feature Film ‘Tennis Buddies’ is being admired by the young audience. His feature films, Summer 2007 and Ankur Arora Murder Case were based on very relevant social topics of farmer suicides and malpractice by doctors. Suhail takes the credit of providing cinematic experience with his two iconic tv shows – Kashmir and Kadam. Suhail is considered to be a Director who is actor’s delight for his quest for perfection and ability to draw best performances from the actors.
Ms. Shefali Bhushan is a multi Talented artiste. A topper from the 94 batch of Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia, Delhi, and has been involved with various aspects of mass communication. Shefali has directed and produced many news & current affairs programs for television. Her short filmAzaadi was highly acclaimed. In the year 2000, she co-founded and continues to run as the Team Leader, a unique project; a website and a record label, “Beat of India.com“, for which she travels to remote parts of India in search of the rarest and unique, folk music and musicians. As another articulation of these journeys, Shefali directed a documentary, “Colours of Earth” which won an award at the Vitas Film Festival, UCLA. Shefali’s most recent feature film “Jugni” was released in the first quarter of 2016, which she had written & directed and also co-produced.
Mr.Parag Chhapekar is the Editor of dainikjagran.com. He is also a member of Censor Board of Film Certification. He has been the senior editor entertainment for Live India News and Mee Marathi . In his vast experience of Nineteen years of film journalism, Parag has worked with Zee News, Star News, India Tv and Tv 18 as editor and senior editor for Entertainment. Parag has directed few short films for Zee and many Documentary Films for United Nations and IGNOU. He has also been a jury member for National Film Award 2016 and jury member from Maharashtra government for Festival De Cannes.
Ms. Dolly Thakore
Ms. Dolly Thakore began her career as Casting Director and Unit Publicist
with Richard Attenborough’s GANDHI. Dolly has worked on a number of Indian and international co-productions like Far Pavilions, Kim, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Jinnah, Mysteries Of The Black Jungle, Sixth Happiness, Such A Long Journey, Miss Beatty’s Children, Deham, Dance Like A Man and continues to be Casting Director for films under production.
Trained in Radio and Television with BBC London, Dolly became one of the leading News casters and Television hosts interviewing prominent citizens from India and abroad including Indian film personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt, Jitendra, Hema Malini and authors like Stephen Berkoff, Khushwant Singh, and Farrukh Dhondy.
A columnist and film and theatre reviewer, Dolly has written for leading newspapers and magazines in India like The Sunday Times, Bombay Times, Indian Express, India Today, Business India, and Business World. She edited the Mumbai International Film Festival brochure MIFF 2000. Dolly is also an Associate Publisher for Dakini Books, London which brought out Bollywood Popular Indian Cinema – 2001, and Ground Rules. Dolly has moderated the inauguration of the First International Film Festival In Goa; and a number of Screen, Film Fare, Film World. Film City Awards etc.
Some of the other major events she has moderated and compered include international Seminars and Trade Fairs, Festivals of France and USSR in India, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, Confederation of Indian Industries, Indian Merchants chambers, the Richard Gere Foundation, and many charity Art auctions.
Dolly has acted in a number of feature films and theatre productions including “Page 3”, “Death of a Salesman”, “Streetcar named Desire”, “Vagina Monologues”.
Dolly has received various awards, which include Media India Trophy For Excellence In Electronic Media, Bharat Nirman Trophy For Media, Junior Merchants Chamber Award For Out-Standing Woman Of The City, Ank
Award For Contribution To Theatre, Wizweb Award 2000.
Dolly has been on jury panel for Celebrate Age for MAMI film festival 2010. She has also been on the National Film Jury, Indian Panorama Jury and for the Indian Television Awards– 2002. She has also been a member of the Advisory Panel of the Censor Board for Film Certification for many years.