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Jury Team

Jury

Final Step

Mehul Kumar

Filmmaker/Writer

Mohammed Ibrahim Baloch (or Bloch; born 1949), better known as Mehul Kumar, is an Indian filmmaker and writer in Bollywood. He is known for directing the films Tirangaa (1992), Krantiveer (1993) and Kohram (1999).[1] His other works include Mrityudaata (1997) and Kitne Door Kitne Paas (2002) among others as well as several Gujarati films.

K S Adhiyaman

Writer/Director

Adhiyaman, a filmmaker with a diverse portfolio, embarked on his Hindi directorial journey with “Aap Mere Hai Sanam” (2002), a remake of Thotta Chinungi. Despite boasting a star-studded cast including Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, and Madhuri Dixit, the film faced a prolonged production period, resulting in mixed reviews upon its eventual release as “Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam.”  Undeterred, Adhiyaman ventured into “Mujhse Shaadi Karogi” (eventually released as “Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar” in 2006), a romantic drama with Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty. Delays and changes in title marred its release, prompting a quick Tamil remake titled “Priyasakhi” (2005).

Rajeev Verma

Actor

Rajeev Verma, a renowned Indian actor in both film and television, is known for his roles, especially as a fatherly figure. Notable film credits include “Maine Pyaar Kiya,” “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,” “90 Minutes,” “Benaras 1918,” “Rehguzar,” “Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse,” “Dhamkee,” “Woh Tera Naam Tha,” “Andaaz,” “Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke,” “Hum Saath Saath Hain,” “Kachche Dhaage,” “Himmatwala,” and “Jeet.” Despite being related to the Bachchans through his wife Rita, they keep this connection private. Rita, an educationist and theatre actress in Bhopal, manages a group called Bhopal Theatres. The couple has two sons, Shiladitya, a consultant and painter in Bhopal, and Tathagat, a software engineer in Mumbai. Rajeev has maintained a low profile throughout his two-decade career, steering clear of media attention. He has also appeared in TV shows like “Paraya Dhan” on Star Plus, as well as “Aasman Ne Jo Likha” and “Kaise Kahoon” on DD1.

Sanjay Masoom

Writer

Sanjay Masoom has made significant contributions to the Indian film industry as a distinguished screenwriter, having crafted stories for blockbuster movies such as “Krrish” (2006), “Jannat 2” (2012), “Gunday” (2014), “Krrish 3” (2013), “Raja Natwarlal” (2014), and “Koyelaanchal” (2014), among others. His exceptional skills in dialogue writing earned him the IIFA Award for Best Dialogue for “Krrish 3”. Further showcasing his versatility, Sanjay penned the dialogues for “3 AM: A Paranormal Experience” (2014) and “Ghayal Once Again” (2016) and crafted the screenplay for “Kaabil” (2017). He continued to make waves in the industry with his 2018 release, “Hamara Tiranga”, directed by Sajeev Balath. Beyond his established credits, Sanjay’s talents have been recognized with nominations, including the Mirchi Music Awards for Critics’ Choice Upcoming Lyricist of The Year and the IIFA Award for Best Dialogue

Seema Pahwa

Actress/Writer/Director

Seema Pahwa, born on 10 February 1962, is a renowned Indian actress and director celebrated for her comedic brilliance in both films and television. Her remarkable journey includes accolades such as a Filmfare Award and a Filmfare OTT Award. Her breakthrough came with the character Badki in the popular Doordarshan soap opera Hum Log (1984-1985). Starting as a theatre artist with Delhi-based group Sambhav, she transitioned to Mumbai in 1994 to make her mark in films, television, and theatre. In 2021, she marked her directorial debut with Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi, earning her the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director. Seema Pahwa’s story is a testament to her versatile talent and relentless pursuit of excellence in the world of entertainment.

Komal Nahta

Film Critic

Komal Nahta (born 30 April 1964) is an Indian film trade analyst. Nahta is the publisher of “Film Information” and also a television show host. He is an anchor of the trade show ETC Bollywood Business on the Bollywood TV channels ETC and Zee Cinema.[1] He is in the advisory board of Cinema Capital and other top companies. He is the son of film producer Ramraj Nahta

Satluj Dheer

Producer

Satluj Dheer, with 35 years of experience in film/TV production and broadcast media, produced notable films like MERA SUHAAG, IKKE PE IKKA, and MERA MUQADAR. His TV serials include DEKHO MAGAR PYAAR SE and CHAMATKAAR. He created brands for LASHKARA channel and owned studios in Mumbai. As an executive producer, he worked on films like MY FATHER GODFATHER and A LOVE LIKE THIS. Currently, he manages Empress Digital Studio with 5 shooting floors in Mumbai.

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Subhash Sahoo

Writer/Director/Sound Designer

Subhash Sahoo is well known Sound Designer known for Kaminey (2009), Neerja (2016) and Omkara (2006), Sarfarosh (1999) along with many other critically acclaimed movies. He also is a director for a documentary names as ‘The Sound by Mangesh Desai’ (2017) He has  13 Awards wins & 7 nominations

Parag Chhapekar

Film Critic

Parag Chhapekar has worked in the Entertainment industry for 22 years. During his tenure so far, Parag has literally interviewed every Leading Actor & Actress of the Hindi Film industry and has been honored with several awards. His popular show on Live India and TV 18 , “Parag Dil Se” too raked in good TRPs prior to his several other shows, all being a Hit in the respective channels. Launched many shows like cinema a to zee on zee parag dil se ,mirch masala on star. He has done theater for many years in indore ,delhi and mumbai. Parag many times served as jury for national award and indian film panorama iffi. He was in core commitee of Ladh international film festival and lonavala film festival . He directed many short films for Zee media

Atul Mohan

Complete Cinema –  Editor

Atul Mohan is the editor for Trade Magazine, ‘Complete Cinema’. 

Danish Javed

Writer, Director, Producer

Mr. Danish Javed, A visionary writer, director & producer, he is known for his unparalleled ability to weave intricate narratives. he has made significant contributions to the Indian film & television industry. he has created some masterpeace for indrustry like – recentaly release as writer director Pyar Ke Do Naam (2024) and I Am Not a Begger (2018). some markeble tv series Ishq Subhan Allah, Sufiyana Pyaar Mera (2019), Zara Ka Nazariya (2018).
Danish Javed continues to redefine the cinematic landscape, leaving an indelible mark with every story he tells. His work is not just a celebration of the art of filmmaking but a profound commentary on life itself.

Latha Srinivasan

Journalist

Latha Srinivasan is a senior entertainment journalist based in Chennai, India. Currently, she is Consulting Editor for various leading news organizations in India and continues to write extensively on entertainment.  She comes with over 15 years of experience in the field of journalism and is considered one of the leading entertainment journalists in South India.

Latha has worked with some of the best media organisations in India and has won numerous awards throughout her career for her work. She was formerly Senior Editor with various media houses including Yahoo! India, Deccan Chronicle, The Times of India, DNA, NewsX and India Today

Latha is regularly invited to speak on numerous occasions at various events and to moderate panel discussions at leading national forums like CII and FICCI FRAMES. She has also recently authored a book on her breast cancer journey and does her share in society to increase awareness about breast cancer. 

Anil Dubey

Writer/Director

Mr. Anil Dubey holds a graduate degree in Art and has carved a niche for himself as an accomplished Film Writer & Director. His cinematic prowess is evident in films like the Hindi movie “Hotel,” the Oriya production “To Paeen,” and “Box Boxer,” which was produced under the banner of the Children’s Film Society. Additionally, audiences eagerly await his upcoming Hindi feature film “Jio Bachoon.” Beyond the silver screen, Mr. Dubey’s flair extends to television. He has written and directed several TV serials, including notable titles like “Saboot,” “Zara Hatke, Zara Bach Ke,” “Mamla Gadbad Hai,” “Her Mod Per,” “Aaj Ki Taza Khabar,” “Ahsaas,” and the telefilm “Bhoomi.” “Chidiya Ghar” is another feather in his cap. Apart from his impressive directorial ventures, Mr. Dubey takes pride in organizing the “Nirmal Pandey Smriti Film Festival.”

Saikat Das

Singer/Director

Saikat is a versatile figure in the entertainment industry, excelling as a filmmaker, music composer, actor, singer, and the Director of the Indian International Short Film Festival Awards and Global Independent Film Festival of India in Kolkata. He has also showcased his talents in journalism, serving as a news anchor and reporter for platforms like Doordarshan and CTVN’s ‘WORLD NEWS.’ Saikat’s on-stage charisma shines through numerous performances, and as a lyricist, he has penned soulful tracks for films and albums. His proficiency extends to video editing and graphics. Starting his filmmaking journey in 2006, Saikat gained recognition with the film “…ebong Amra(..and we the people)” in 2016, earning praise from critics worldwide and garnering numerous nominations and awards. Since then, he has directed 35 short films, 3 documentaries, and over 50 music videos, accumulating more than 200 international and national awards for his diverse body of work.

Adv. M I Zarger

National Human Rights All India Director

M I Zarger is a prominent in the field of human rights and social justice, lauded Prime Minister Modi for his tireless dedication to the upliftment of backward classes.

Tushar Thorat

Writer/Director

Tushar Thorat, with a prominent role as an Art Director, has established himself as a key figure in the cinematic domain. He is the Director of the Roshani International Film Festival in Aurangabad and brings with him a decade of experience in writing and short film making. Tushar’s expertise doesn’t end there; he has also served as a jury member at various film festivals for over five years, underscoring his deep understanding of cinema. Furthermore, he holds the position of Co-Director at the Reels International Film Festival and is a respected jury member for both the Chatrapati Shambhaji Nagar Aurangabad Film Festival and the Asian Talent International Film Festival in Ahmad Nagar. Beyond these roles, Tushar has ventured into film production, particularly focusing on producing short films.

Dheeraj Mishra

Writer/Director

Mishra worked as a freelance journalist for magazines and newspapers. He was the creative writer for various TV serials. He wrote a feature film screenplay based on the life of Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri titled Jai Jawaan Jai Kisaan. His upcoming movies are Birsa, about a freedom fighter from Jharkhand and Chapekar brothers, a revolutionary story about freedom fighters from Pune. Om Puri was to play Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

Mishra wrote a novel Patjhar aur Bahar. He wrote a play on the life of India’s first woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi titled Indira.

Screening

27th & 28th August 2024

Venue

PVR, Juhu

Award Ceremony

29th August 2024

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