Trustees/Members

Deepika Padukone

Chairperson

Deepika Padukone is a world-renowned actress, fashion icon and mental health ambassador from India. Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a former badminton world champion. Deepika too was a national-level badminton player until she gave up the sport at the age of 16 to pursue her love for acting. And the rest as they say, is history!

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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 noted film critic, television anchor, and a National Award-winning book author. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. She has hosted and scripted film shows on NDTV 24/7 and Star World. She is currently the festival director of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star and founder and editor of Film Companion.

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.

Anand Mahindra

Chairman & MD, Mahindra Group

Anand G. Mahindra is Chairman of the Mahindra Group, one of India’s top industrial houses with a presence in varied sectors such as agri-business and aerospace. He secured an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusettes in 1981. In 1991, he took over as Deputy Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra and was later appointed as Chairman and Managing Director. He was listed in Fortune’s list of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2014. At last year ET’s awards ,Mahindra & Mahindra was awarded corporate citizen of the year for its corporate social responsibility initiatives like Project Nanhi Kali, which aims to keep girls from poor families in school.

Farhan Akhtar

Filmmaker

Born in 1974 to prolific Indian film writer and poet, Javed Akhtar and writer-director, Honey Irani, Farhan grew up in an environment where creativity and originality of thought were encouraged. Farhan teamed up with Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999, forming their company Excel Entertainment.

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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.

Kabir Khan

Filmmaker

Kabir won the prestigious National Award (2006) for his first feature, Kabul Express which was shot entirely in Afghanistan. It premiered at the Toronto International Film festival 2006 and was later screened at the London, Busan, Dubai, Singapore, Casablanca and Cairo Film festivals.

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Karan Johar

Filmmaker

Karan Johar made his directorial debut with kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), which was a critical and commercial success. Following this, he has written and directed numerous feature films, including Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2010), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), and a short each in Bombay Talkies (2013) and Lust Stories (2018). Besides being a celebrated director, he's a costume designer, actor, and television anchor. He's also the owner of Dharma Productions, a highly successful production house.

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. He runs the Chief Minister's ‘War Room’, a unit to monitor and drive key infrastructure and technology projects in Maharashtra. Prior to joining the Government, Kaustubh had a successful stint in the corporate world where he worked in companies such as Solectron Inc., HP Inc. and Frost and Sullivan. He is a known expert on technology, strategy, and management consulting. An electronics engineer from the Mumbai University, he holds an MBA from the SP Jain Institute of Management Studies. He was on the dean's merit list and the graduating valedictorian. Kaustubh also has a public policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Kiran Rao

Filmmaker

Kiran Rao is a film director and producer based in Mumbai. She has worked on films such as Lagaan (2001), Monsoon Wedding (2001), and Swades (2004); and produced such films as Taare Zameen Par (2007), Peepli Live (2010), Delhi Belly (2011), the television show Satyamev Jayate (2012-2014), Dangal (2016), and Secret Super Star (2017) with Aamir Khan Productions. Her directorial debut feature, Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010 and had a worldwide theatrical release in 2011. Kiran is also the co-founder of Paani Foundation, a non-profit company that since 2015 has been working to alleviate drought in rural Maharashtra.

Manish Mundra

Producer

Manish Mundra is a producer, filmmaker and the founder of Drishyam Films. After a chance interaction with Rajat Kapoor on Twitter in 2013, he agreed to finance Ankhon Dekhi (2014). The film went on to win three Filmfare Awards and three Screen Awards. Since then, there has been no looking back for the corporate leader-turned-film producer. His Drishyam Films is a global motion-picture studio that has produced international award-winning films such as Masaan (2015), Umrika (2015), Waiting (2015), Dhanak (2016), Newton (2017), Rukh (2017), and Kadvi Hawa (2017). Newton won the National Award for Best Hindi Film, and was also selected as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards in 2018. Fêted as one of Variety magazine’s Top 10 Producers to Watch Out For in 2017, Manish is currently working on his directorial debut project, a yet-to-be titled social drama feature film inspired by true events and set in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Rana Daggubati

Actor

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 & Producer

Riteish Deshmukh debuted as an actor in 2003 with Tujhe Meri Kasam and has since starred in a diverse array of films such as Bluffmaster (2005), Darna Zaroori Hai (2006), Rann (2010), Housefull (2010), and Ek Villain (2014). He has also ventured into film production with Ravi Jadhav’s Balak Palak (2013), Lai Bhaari (2014), and Mahesh Limaye’s Yellow (2014), which are among the most acclaimed films of recent times.

Rohan Sippy

Filmmaker

Rohan Sippy is a director and producer based in Mumbai. He is best known for directing Bluffmaster (2005), Dum Maaro Dum (2011), and Nautanki Saala (2013). As a producer, Rohan’s credits include Taxi No. 9211 (2006) and The President Is Coming (2009).

Siddharth Roy Kapur

Founder and MD, Roy Kapur Films

Siddharth Roy Kapur's filmography as a producer includes some of the biggest blockbusters as well as some of the most acclaimed and path-breaking films of Indian cinema. He is the Managing Director of Roy Kapur Films, President of the Producers Guild of India and the former Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company India. He has been featured in Variety’s Top 500 list of influential people in entertainment in 2017 globally and The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation Asia Inaugural Class of Young Leaders, among numerous other accolades for his leadership and achievements.

Vikramaditya Motwane

Filmmaker

Vikramaditya Motwane is a writer, director and producer, though unfortunately not always in that order. His directorial debut Udaan was selected to compete in the 'Un Certain Regard’ category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He’s since directed Lootera, Trapped and Bhavesh Joshi Superhero. He is the showrunner on Sacred Games, Netflix’s first Indian original.

Vishal Bhardwaj

Filmmaker

Vishal Bhardwaj is an Indian film director, writer, composer and producer. He has directed ten feature films, produced five and composed music for more than forty. His directorial work includes Makdee, The Blue Umbrella, Kaminey, 7 Khoon Maaf, Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola, Rangoon, Pataakha as well as the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare Trilogy - Maqbool, Omkara and Haider (adapted from Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet, respectively).

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Zoya Akhtar

Filmmaker

Zoya Akhtar studied filmmaking at New York University and later assisted directors such as Mira Nair and Dev Benegal. She worked as a casting director on Split Wide Open (1999) and Dil Chahta Hai (2001). She made her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed film Luck by Chance (2009). She followed it up with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015). In 2013, Zoya contributed the segment ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ to Bombay Talkies, an anthology of short films produced to mark the centenary of Indian cinema. Her recent work includes Lust Stories (2018),which released on Netflix to an overwhelming response. Her recent work includes the hugely popular and acclaimed Gully Boy.