N. Chandra - Chair Person
Filmmaker / Script Writer / Editor / Producer
N. Chandra is a producer-writer-director-editor rooted firmly in the reality that manifests boldly in all his films, especially Ankush (1988) , Pratighat ( 1987) , Tezaab (1988) and Narasimha ( 1991). Started his career as a clapper boy in Gulzar`s Parichay in 1972, he gradually moved to become a film editor and an assistant director, associate director, eventually making his directorial debut film Ankush in 1986. Written, directed and produced and edited by N. Chandra the story of four frustrated unemployed young men and their struggle was an instant success. He remade the Telugu film Pratighatana (1986) in Hindi as Pratighat (1987), which was lauded for his bold depiction of the harsh political social reality and the strong mental make-up of Indian woman. In 1988 he made Tezaab, a superhit film that effectively launched Madhuri Dixit`s career. He continued to make many more significant films which dealt with strong socio-political themes and all of them are well scripted, directed and edited. Wajood ( 1998) is his totally different film compared to his earlier works that received critical acclaim for him. He served as a member of jury at film festivals at home and abroad and has been a visiting faculty to prestigious film schools.
French Actress & Filmmaker
After studying in Paris at the Conservatoire National d’art dramatique, Marianne has played many leads in theater, ﬁlms and televisions in France and England. Then, she played as well in India, with a ﬁrst appearance in ‘ Love, wrinkle free ’ directed by Sandeep Mohan. She worked also with Shlok Sharma. Last summer she played the lead in ‘Chosen’ by Noël and Joel Smith. She has the great memory to have played on stage in Delhi and Mumbai with the wonderful actor Tom Alter in ‘Marx my words’.
Marianne has been a jury in many festivals in France and in India such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, Khajuraho and Mumbai. This year she is planning to ﬁnish her documentary ‘ Holy waters’ on the Kumbh Mela.
Film & Art Critic, Curator
Faizal Khan, a renowned ﬁlm and art critic, is an art and culture writer contributing to The Financial Express, The Economic Times, CNBC India and Mint Lounge. He writes from Cannes, Toronto and Cairo ﬁlm festivals, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Venice Biennale and Jaipur Literature Festival. He curetted India’s ﬁrst football ﬁlm festival at the International Film Festival of India, Goa in 2011, and is a curator of Artists’ Cinema at the ongoing Kochi-Muziris Biennale. He lives in Delhi.
Poet / Playwright / Lyricist
Dasoo Vaidya is an eminent Marathi poet, playwright and Professor of Marathi in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. His poems have been translated in Malayalam, Hindi and English. Sahitya Akademy Travel fellowship has sharpened his vision as a poet. Dasoo Vaidya is now the most successful and renowned lyricist of the Marathi cinema. He is the recipient of the prestigious awards for his Marathi lyrics at Zee Marathi, V.ShantaramPuraskar, Prabhat Puraskar, MIFTA , Mirchi Music Award , Maharashtra State Award, Sahyadri Puraskar, and Maharashtra Times Awards apart from this his lyrics have been nominated for Marathi Filmfare Award, and Cannes Film festival make his position very sound as a lyricist.
This is Siraj Syed’s 50th year as a ﬁlm-critic. He is the India Correspondent of ﬁlmfestivals.com, Paris. He has served as Chairman of Cine Circle and Film Circle ﬁlm societies. Besides being in the selection juries of Filmotsav, Bombay, 1976 and 1984, he served on the selection juries of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) and the Children’s Film Festival of India. Siraj has done a course in Advance Film Appreciation and a Diploma in Cinema. Currently, he lectures at Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment. Siraj Syed is a member of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI.