Anupama Chopra is a film critic and book author. She has written about the Hindi film industry since 1993. Her work has been published extensively in India Today, India’s largest English language magazine. She has also written about Bollywood for various international publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Variety and Sight & Sound. Anupama also presented and scripted a weekly film review show called Picture This on NDTV 24/7, a leading news channel. She is also a contributing editor to Vogue (India). She has a BA in literature from Bombay University and was awarded the Dwarkanath Purshotham Gold Medal for academic excellence by the university.
Ashvini Yardi Business Today awarded her as one of top 25 Most Powerful Women of the Country in 2011. She has also bagged the coveted title of Media Personality of the Year at India Today Woman’s Summit & GR8 Woman Achievers Awards. She also was hailed as one top 50 powerful people of 2009 by Business Week.
As the Programming Head of ‘COLORS’, Ashvini focused on creating a differentiated content for the channel, that will feed the entertainment needs of its viewers. With a rich and varied experience in programming and related areas, she now is now co-founder of Grazing Goat Pictures.
Ashni Parekh is a Media & Entertainment legal consultant. She specialises in entertainment deals including production & distribution deals and advices on the legal and regulatory issues in relation to intellectual property laws. Her clients are many A-list Bollywood stars, writers, producers, musicians, directors, production houses and talent management companies. She has often presented at domestic and international conferences such as CII, FICCI, and International Bar Association.
Jeroo Mulla is the Head of the Social Communications Media Department, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai, where she has been teaching film appreciation for over thirty years and has supervised the student productions of over eighty audio-visuals and thirty video documentaries on human development issues. Many of her former students are highly successful media professionals.
In 2010 she served as a jury member for the National Film Awards. She was also on the selection committee for the International Children’s Film Festival, Hyderabad, 2011. In 2003 she served on the Advisory Panel of the Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai. She was appointed to the Film Censor Board as an Advisory Panel member in 1987 where she served for three years.
Her articles on cinema and media related issues have appeared in leading national newspapers and magazines as well as international journals.
Jeroo Mulla is also an accomplished Bharat Natyam exponent.
Kiran Rao Born in Bangalore, raised in Calcutta, Kiran Rao moved to Mumbai, India and worked as an Assistant Director on films such as the Academy Award nominated Lagaan, Swades: We, the people and winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion Monsoon Wedding. Associate Producer on the critically acclaimed and box office success Taare Zameen Par, India’s official entry to the Academy Awards, and the immensely popular Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Rao went on to produce Peepli Live, the first Indian film to be selected in the World Cinema Competition at Sundance 2010 and the recently released Delhi Belly.
Rao did her schooling in Loreto House and La Martiniere Calcutta. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sophia College, Bombay University and a Masters in Mass Communication from AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.
Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries), written, directed and co-produced by Kiran Rao, and starring Aamir Khan, India’s leading film star, was her first feature film, which released in January this year and garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Lynn De Souza became chairman & CEO of Lintas Media Group, one of India’s largest media agencies in 2008 and is also the chairman of the Lintas Initiative Outdoor, India’s largest out-of-home agencies and of Karishma Initiative. She began her media career at O&M, before moving onto run the media function at Grey, and joined the Lintas group in 1995. She received the Asia Pacific Congress Award for the CEO with the most HR orientation in 2010.
Lynn launched IPG’s Women leadership Network in India in 2010 and chairs it. Ranked the second most influential media personality in India three years running by the Economic Times Brand Equity and was also listed among Business Today‘s most powerful women in business in 2010.
She earned her undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Mumbai. Passionate about animal welfare, she owns and manages a veterinary and animal shelter in Goa and chair the Goa SPCA.
Madhusree Dutta is a filmmaker, curator and pedagogue. She is the executive director of Majlis, a centre for inter-disciplinary art initiatives, in Mumbai. Currently she is producing and curating Cinema City: a Research Art and Archive Project engaging filmmaking, art installations, cartography and critical texts.
Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker and writer whose work has focused on gender, politics, urban life and popular culture. Her films as director include Partners in Crime, Morality TV aur Loving Jehad: Ek Manohar Kahani, Q2P, Where’ Sandra? Work In Progress: At the WSF, 2004, Cosmopolis: Two Tales of a City. She is the writer of the features Khamosh Pani A Few Things I Know About Her (Silver Conch, MIFF 2002 and National Award for Best Film, 2003). She has worked extensively with young people doing workshops on creativity and politics. She teaches writing for film as visiting faculty in different universities around the world and has also been a mentor at international scriptwriting workshops including the British Council-SaReGaMa screenplay workshop besides being a member of the script committee, Children’s Film Society of India. She also writes a popular weekly column in the Sunday Mid-day and is currently working on a book about the history of Indian documentary.
Sooni Taraporevala, one of India’s first international screenwriters won the Lillian Gish award for Excellence in Film from Women in Film, LA in 1988 for her first screenplay Salaam Bombay! A close friend and collaborator of filmmaker Mira Nair, Taraporevala also wrote Mississippi Masala, winning the Golden Osella for Best Screenplay from the Venice Film Festival in 1991. Her other produced credits for Nair include the films My Own Country and most recently The Namesake. She has also written the films Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar directed by Dr Jabbar Patel and Such A Long Journey directed by Sturla Gunnarson for which she received a Genie nomination for Best Screenplay from The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. In 2008 she wrote, directed and produced her debut film Little Zizou which won 5 international awards as well as a National Award for Best Film on Family Values from the President of India.
Vandana Malik Through the 1990’s she was the face of Television 18 for all the Entertainment channels based in Bombay. As Executive Producer and Bombay Bureau Chief Vandana, worked hard to ensure that TV 18 remained among the premier television software production companies in India.
In February 2000, Television 18 debuted on the Bombay Stock Exchange at a fantastic premium. Soon thereafter Vandana joined the board of Directors of TV 18 & later Network 18. In May 2006 she joined the team of Studio 18 ( now Viacom 18 Motion Pictures) as Creative Director for Network 18’s foray into Feature Film Production. At Studio 18, Vandana brought her keen sense of story-telling to the fore.
Today, Vandana is the creative advisor for all the various different Channels/companies under the Network 18 umbrella . Be it CNBC TV 18 or COLORS (Viacom 18) Web 18 or Forbes she is always there to extend her support to the team.
Zarina Mehta is one of the three founder directors of UTV, a Media & Entertainment Conglomerate. She is currently the Chief Creative Officer of UTV’s broadcasting network.
She has lead the creation and launch of highly successful broadcast brands including UTV bindass, UTV Stars & UTV Action. Utv bindass India’s first local youth brand which in a few years has become India’s buzziest youth brand. UTV Stars– a channel dedicated to Bollywood has become a leader in a short span of 4 months.
Prior to this, she was the COO of UTV’s Hungama TV where her innovations drove the brand to become the No.1 Kids Channel in a record 18 months
Prior to that Mehta has produced over 3500 hours of high TRP, award-winning television programming in multiple languages for every major broadcaster.
She has been featured thrice among India’s most powerful women by a reputed business magazine.
Zarina was born and brought up in Mumbai (and passionately loves the city) & is a graduate of St Xavier’s College where she did her BA in Economics. Mehta’s initial training was as atheatre actor. Her passions are reading and playing with her dog Sprite.