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 (currently on CNN News18) – 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 of the 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”.
Nikhil is a National Award winning professional with over two decades of experience in the Indian film industry. 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, ChandniChowk 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.
Farah is an Indian film director, film producer, dancer, choreographer, and actress. She has choreographed dance routines for more than a hundred songs in over 80 Hindi films, winning her many awards and accolades, including a National Award. Post which, she has ventured into the Film direction with Main Hoon Na, which was a running box office success and earned her a nomination for Best direction as well. There has been no stopping her since – her films Om Shanti Om & Happy New Year have earned her fans not just in India, but internationally as well.