Rajeev Masand is an acclaimed Indian film critic and an entertainment reporter for CNN-News18. He started his career at a young age of 16 and soon climbed the ladders of the entertainment industry. Rajeev 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-News18, which is characterised by tremendous interactivity, viewer participation, online communities, and user-generated discussion of a very high magnitude. Among other recognitions, Rajeev was thrice adjudged “Best Entertainment Critic” by the National Television (NT) Awards, in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Sudhir Mishra is a renowned Indian film director and screenwriter who is widely known for directing critically acclaimed movies like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Dharavi and Chameli. In his 30 years of career, he has received three Nation Awards from the President of India, as well as Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government (equivalent to knighthood) for his outstanding work. He is amongst the few directors who pioneered the alternative independent cinema movement in 1980s and still remains contemporary.
Sujoy Ghosh won much critical acclaim and appreciation for his direction and screenplay for the movie “Kahaani”. He won the prestigious National Film Award for Best Screenplay in 2012. He also received the Filmfare Award for Best Director the same year, and “Kahaani” picked up multiple honors at the Zee Cine Awards and Apsara Film Producers Guild Awards. Ghosh has also directed “Jhankaar Beats”, “Home Delivery”, “Aladin” and “Kahaani 2”. Not many may be aware that he came up with the tagline "Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo Re" for the IPL Team Kolkata Knight Riders. He also enacted small roles in “My Brother Nikhil”, “Bluffmaster” and “Tara Rum Pum”, and the lead in Rituparno Ghosh’s “Satyanweshi”.
He is acknowledged as one of the most sought after directors of commercial cinema - his body of work includes Kal Ho Na Ho, Delhi Safari, D-DAY, Chandni Chowk to China, Salaam e-Ishq, Patiala House, and Airlift. His love for the arts takes him places as he speaks on Indian cinema and nurtures talent at Yale University, IIT Mumbai & Whistling Woods to name a few. He has been on the Jury for well-known Awards and is passionate about environmental issues.
Monisha Singh is a rare combination of television sense and sensibility and her career milestones resonate with many firsts in the Indian television industry. She conquered country’s popular imagination with the mother of all saas bahu sagas on Television – Kyunki Saas Bhi Bahu Thi and moved on to making much varied content on small and big screen, leaving others to attempt me-toos. Monisha’s deep understanding of the creative and commercial interests of the organization has given her in an enviable edge in creating content and strategies that have turned shows into iconic brands. She has built her own repertoire and equity along with the organizations that she has been associated with like Balaji Telefilms, UTV and zoOm where she was the head of programming. Apart from driving the channel’s unique brand positioning within the entertainment industry, Monisha was also responsible for spearheading zoOm’s web exclusive channel on Youtube (www.youtube.com/tellytalkindia) that clocked in record views and generated online revenue. The online channel’s flagship programming includes ‘TellyView’ – a television review show anchored and scripted by Monisha that has often voiced the most accurate view of the audience. She was the head of content -IPR with OMS - part of the Times Group where she spear headed pageants like Miss India and Miss Diva. Presently with BookMyShow she drives the video's strategy.