Trustees

Kiran Rao

Chairperson

Kiran Rao is an acclaimed director and producer (Peepli Live, Delhi Belly). Her directorial debut, Dhobi Ghat, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was later screened at the London Film Festival and the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Nita M. Ambani

Co-chair

Nita Ambani is an educationist, philanthropist, businesswoman and a noted proponent of sports. Nita is the Founder Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, which has impacted the lives of over seven million people. She provides leadership to 14 schools and is the Founder Chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, India’s No. 1 International School. She heads the Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, a state-of-the-art multi-specialty hospital in Mumbai.

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Anupama Chopra

Festival Director

Anupama Chopra is a film critic, television anchor and book author. She has been writing about Bollywood since 1993. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Hindustan Times, The Los Angeles Times and Vogue (India).

Rohan Sippy

Filmmaker

Rohan Sippy is a filmmaker who has directed popular films like Kuch Naa Kaho, Bluffmaster, Dum Maaro Dum and Nautanki Saala. As a producer his credits include films such as Taxi 9211, The President Is Coming, and Chandni Chowk to China. He also writes for a variety of publications, including India Today, Mid-Day & Man's World, and has served as a columnist for the Indian Express.

Farhan Akhtar

Filmmaker

Donning multiple hats of actor, producer, director, singer and songwriter, Akhtar gathered a lot of acclaim for his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai and his performance as the athlete Milkha Singh in the biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Karan Johar

Filmmaker

Producer, director and talk show host, Karan Johar is one of the most prolific Indian filmmakers who brought a fresh and modern outlook to Indian commercial cinema through films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

Vikramaditya Motwane

Filmmaker

Vikramaditya's debut film Udaan was part of the official selection at Cannes in 2010. His second film Lootera was highly acclaimed as well. He is the co-founder of Phantom Films.

Deepika Padukone

Actor

Deepika is one of Bollywood's most successful and popular actors. Her films such as Cocktail, Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela and Finding Fanny have been critical and commercial successes.

Riteish Deshmukh

Actor & Filmmaker

Riteish debuted as an actor in Bollywood in 2003 and has been part of many blockbusters. In 2013, Riteish gave Marathi cinema a fresh impetus by producing the acclaimed film Balak Palak and acting in the popular film, Lai Bhaari.

Anand Mahindra

Chairman & MD, Mahindra Group

Under Anand Mahindra's leadership, the Mahindra Group has grown into a US $ 16.5 billion organization and is one of India's top 10 industrial houses with presence in sectors ranging from agribusiness to aerospace and automotive.

Ajay Bijli

Chairman & MD, PVR Ltd.

Ajay Bijli pioneered the concept of multiplex cinemas in India. He has transformed the way the country watches movies with PVR Cinemas, India's largest multiplex chain with 474 screens in 106 properties across 43 cities.

Siddharth Roy Kapur

MD, Disney India

In his role as the Managing Director, Siddharth Roy Kapur has led Disney India to great heights. Under his leadership the studio has produced and released universally appreciated films like Rang De Basanti, A Wednesday!, Paan Singh Tomar, Barfi!, The Lunchbox, Shahid, Haider and Ship of Theseus.

Manish Mundra

Producer

Manish Mundra forayed into the world of Indian Independent cinema in 2014 as the producer of Ankhon Dekhi. His production house Drishyam Films has produced international award winning films like Masaan, Dhanak and Umrika.

Isha M Ambani

Director, Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail

Is a director at Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail. She is currently involved in launching Jio, Reliance industries' latest venture into technology in India. Previously, she served as a business analyst at McKinsey and Company's New York office. She graduated from Yale University (2013) with a double major in Psychology and South Asian Studies. At Yale she served as president of the South Asian Society. Ms. Ambani remains actively interested in South Asian issues and is particularly interested in the field of education.

Zoya Akhtar

Filmmaker

Zoya Akhtar is a director and screenwriter who made her directorial debut in 2009 with the critically acclaimed Luck By Chance. She followed it up with films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and, most recently, Dil Dhadakne Do. In 2013, she also directed a short film, 'Sheila Ki Jawani' as part of an anthology celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, Bombay Talkies

Vishal Bhardwaj

Filmmaker

Vishal Bhardwaj is a multiple National Award winning writer, producer, music composer and director. After providing memorable music for films like Maachis, Godmother and Satya, Vishal made his directorial debut with the delightful children's film Makdee in 2002. Since then, he has made critically and commercially acclaimed films like Maqbool, Omkara, Kaminey and Haider, for which he won the National Award for Best Director.

Dibakar Banerjee

Filmmaker

Dibakar Banerjee is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. He started his career in advertising but quickly established his mark in films when his first two features, Khosla ka Ghosla (2006) and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), won National Film Awards. Since then, he has made the political thriller Shanghai (2012), a short film called 'Star' in Bombay Talkies (2013), an anthology celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema, and most recently, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015), based on the fictional detective character. He has also co-produced Kanu Behl's debut feature, Titli (2015), which was selected in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.