Deepika Padukone


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.

Nita M. Ambani


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


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


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


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.

Anurag Kashyap


Anurag Kashyap is among the most influential Indian filmmakers of recent times. He has been credited as a director, producer, writer and also as an actor in over 80 films. His films have been screened at prestigious international film festivals and he has served on the jury of Venice, Sundance, CPH Pix and Marrakech film festivals.

Vikramaditya Motwane


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.

Kiran Rao


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.

Rana Daggubati


Rana Daggubati is an actor and producer. He made his acting debut with the Telugu film ‘Leader’ (2010) which was a huge commercial success and garnered immense critical acclaim. He made his Bollywood debut with ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ (2011) and has since appeared in movies like ‘Department’ (2012) and ‘Baby’ (2015). Rana won many accolades for his performance as Bhallaladeva in the multi-lingual magnum opus ‘Baahubali: The Beginning‘ (2015) and ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’. The film won the National Award for Best Feature Film at the 63rd National Awards 2016. As a producer, he received the National Film Award for co-producing ‘Bommalata – A Bellyful of Dreams’ in 2006.

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’s passion for movies led him to set up India’s first multiplex in 1997. Today, PVR is the largest and the most premium film exhibition company in India. Since its inception, the brand has redefined the way entertainment is consumed in the country. PVR currently operates a cinema circuit comprising of 630 screens at 135 properties in 52 cities (19 states & UTs), serving 76 million patrons annually. While the total screen tally of the company stands at 630; PVR offers an array of formats with premium screen category, which stands at 36 screens of Gold Class, 07 of IMAX, 08 of 4DX, 04 of PXL and 04 of Playhouse across the country.

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


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


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


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.

Kaustubh Dhavse

Joint Secretary and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Hon. Chief Minister

Kaustubh Dhavse is Joint Secretary in the Government of Maharashtra designated as Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Minister, Govt.Of Maharashtra. In this role he drives Technology and Infrastructure in the state via various programs and Special Projects. Kaustubh is credited for establishing "Aaple Sarkar" Portal which is the Government's interface for citizen's grievances, Govt. services and collaboration. In this endeavour, he works closely with Department of Information Technology to devise long term strategy for the portal. Kaustubh also runs the "CM's War Room" which is a unit under the CM to monitor and drive key projects in Maharashtra. Kaustubh is also a Member Secretary and convenor of a high level Task Force established jointly between Government of India and Government of Maharashtra for building world class International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Mumbai. In addition, Kaustubh was recently appointed as a Director on the Maharashtra IT Corporation (MITC), a unit under the Govt. Of Maharashtra to execute large scale projects across the state. Prior to joining the Government, Kaustubh had a successful stint in the corporate world where he worked in companies like Solectron Inc., HP Inc. and Frost and Sullivan. He is a known expert on Technology Strategy and Management consulting. Kaustubh is an Electronics Engineer from D.J Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai University. He also has a MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management Studies and was on the Dean's Merit list and the graduating valedictorian. He also has a Public Policy Degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.