Meet
the team

our strategic consultant

  • Rajeev Masand
  • Rajeev Masand has had an accomplished media career spanning 16 years covering the Indian entertainment industry. A graduate from Mumbai University, Rajeev started reporting at the age of 16 at The Times of India. He rose fast, and the milestones along the way include several leadership positions such as Assistant Editor at The Indian Express, Special Correspondent and Film Critic at Star News, and Entertainment Editor and Film Critic at CNN-IBN. He is perhaps the only entertainment journalist in the country to have had 2 eponymous film shows – Masand Ki Pasand(on Star News) and Rajeev Masand Ki Pasand – which redefined the rules of how a TV film critic connects to his audience. He pushes the envelope of innovation further on Now Showing on CNN-IBN, which is characterised by tremendous interactivity, viewer participation, online communities, and user-generated discussion of a very high magnitude.

    Rajeev is Contributing Editor for GQ India, and writes a monthly column, Talk Movies for the magazine.What has characterised Rajeev’s career throughout is his honesty and rigid standards of excellence. In an industry that is heavily star-dependant and hence sycophancy-led, he is one of the few film critics who hasn’t ever compromised his values while passing judgement on the films he reviews. The only standard that matters when he looks at a film is his own.In an industry that is divided into Bollywood journalists and others, Rajeev has managed to achieve a wonderful balance. Whether at Cannes or in Goa, interviewing Hrithik Roshan playing Krrish or Daniel Craig playing James Bond, he is equanimous, well informed and incisive.Rajeev has been pathbreaking in the international interviews he has conducted with such talent as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, George Lucas, Guy Ritchie, M Night Shylaman, Sam Raimi, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Tobey Maguire and Adrien Brody; and in locations like New York, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Seoul, Cannes and South Africa.

Our CURATORS

  • Udita Jhunjhunwala
  • Udita is a well-established Mumbai-based entertainment writer, film critic and author. The former Entertainment Editor of Mid Day and Hindustan Times, she is now a contributor to leading publications including Vogue, Screen International, Mint, Conde Nast Traveller and New Indian Express. With over 20 years of journalistic experience, she has authored two monographs in a series titled Women In Indian Film (published by Zubaan books) and is one of the contributing authors to Bollywood’s Top 20 Stars (published by Penguin). She has also been the curator in film festivals as well.
  • ASEEM CHHABRA
  • Aseem is the festival director of the New York Indian Film Festival. He is the voice of Shadow Puppet #1 in director Nina Paley’s award-winning animation film, Sita Sings the Blues.He is the author of two biographies – Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star and Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Journey of a Global Bollywood Star. He holds an MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Our Jury

  • Dia Mirza
  • Farah Khan
  • Ketan Mehta
  • Nikhil Advani
  • Shobu Yarlagadda
  • Sameer Saxena
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