Meet Our Team

Usha Deshpande

After completing B.A. with English, Usha obtained a degree in Journalism and then went on to graduate from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in a three-year course in Film Direction and Screenplay Writing.

Since then she has been making documentary films (in 35mm/16mm/HD) and television programmes in fiction and non-fiction.

Usha has also worked for E-TV, East-West Airlines and FTII (TV faculty)
She has delivered lectures in Film Appreciation courses of National Film Archives of India and continues to write film-based articles.

She was a Vice- President in the previous EC.

Aditya Seth

Aditya Seth is an internationally acclaimed independent award winning Documentary, Short & Corporate Film Maker & Academic with a sound grounding in Theatre & Music and has been involved in the making of Short Films, Documentaries & TV programmes in all genres for national as well as international audiences. He is an Academic & Professor of Film & teaches Filmmaking & related media at the Under Graduate & Post Graduate level. He is a Certified Master Trainer for Media & Entertainment Skills Council, Skill India. Aditya is a founder member of Vikalp: Films For Freedom, he was the Treasurer of the Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA) from 2004 -’08 & is currently it’s Vice President. Having trained under the guidance of Internationally acclaimed Film maker Shri. Prakash Jha Aditya’s versatility of talent is clearly visible in the over 500 projects he has designed and shaped as Producer/ Writer/ Director / Editor/ Consultant/ Film Critic/ Voice Over artist. His portfolio is defined by Documentaries, Corporate Films, News Magazines, TV shows, Tele- Serials, Public Service  Announcements, Audio Visuals, Television Commercials, Live Events, CD Roms & Radio Production. He is an Academic Consultant for University of South Wales, Cardiff, Wales, (UK)

Sanskar Desai

Mumbai based filmmaker, started his career in 1984 more than three and a half decades ago.

Nominated – Preview Committee- International Film Festival of India; Goa (IFFI 2019), Jury Chairperson – Third Eye Asian Film Festival 2012 & 2020, Jury Chairperson- Indian Railways Film Competition, Jury – State Awards- Government of Maharashtra 2012, Jury & Jury Chairperson – Kolhapur International Film Festival multiple occasions, Jury-BMM Degree Colleges-University of Mumbai etc…

Organizing Committees MIFF‘04 & MIFF ‘14. Nominated – Child Labour Advisory Board; Govt of Maharashtra. Selection Committee – MIFF ’04, MIFF ’06, MIFF ’08 & MIFF ’14,

Documentaries for – Govt of Gujarat, Ministry Information & Broadcasting, Ministry of Labour, & other Central & State Government organizations etc… Corporate Films – Reliance group, NRB Bearings, Choksey Chemicals Pvt Ltd {Asian Paints}, Indian Red Cross Society etc… AD-Films – Ramson Kitchenware AURO VISION etc…

‘The Mahatma’ selected in many International Film Festivals. Written Screenplay for Manpasand- The Perfect Match film selected – 22 International Film Festivals, won many awards. Narrative-poem for an animation film “Chakravyuh” – RTI; film won many awards.

Faculty – Xavier’s Institute of Communication; (XIC); Mumbai, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University-Wardha, Harkisan Mehta Foundation; Mumbai & Wigan & Leigh College (UK affiliated).

Film-Making – Film Appreciation Workshops at Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bhubaneshwar, Sambalpur, Jaipur, Nasik, Azamgadh, Valsad etc… Conducted Documentary workshop for M.S. University; Gujarat & National Film Archive India (NFAI) at Shimla;

Trained in Hindustani Classical Music 17 years from Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, Pt. Ajay Pohankar & Pt. Dayal Thakur.

Taught Acting-Stagecraft to nearly 2000 students. Plays & Street-Plays received many awards. Poems published in literary anthologies.

Ravi Iyer

Over 3 decades of work life! With over 100 odd Corporate Films. And a few hundred Audio Visuals. A few hundred Radio Shows done for over 3 radio stations. Less than 100 episodes of hosting a TV show (The Coca Cola Poppadum Show on Sony Ent. TV). Trained over 100 RJs across India.

Talkaholics Productions is a full-fledged Indie Production House. Ravi Iyer has directed and co-produced a web-series independently and also directs and co-produces the Science Of Stupid for NatGeo with Maniesh Paul. A long format documentary on the Farmers of Maharashtra (Parli and Beed)

He is also actively involved in some Corporate Collaborative Social Responsibility. “Joining the Dots” a Changemaker Initiative supported by Yes Foundation (with a modest grant) to connect professionals from various fields and skills with young minds. Helping mentor students from Municipal Schools and teens from a less privileged background.

He is a curator for Mumbai for the MegaCities ShortDocs (France). He is the President of the BNI Chapter Star Troopers.

Dr. Ravindra Katyayan

Dr. Ravindra Katyayan is Head, Department of  Hindi and Coordinator, Journalism and Mass Media at Maniben Nanavati Women’s College (affiliated to SNDT Women’s University) Mumbai. He worked in Indian Air Force as a RADAR Technician. Then he voluntarily took retirement and joined Goa University as a Lecturer. He taught in Goa University, Pune University and SNDT Women’s University Mumbai. Apart from being the Head of the Department of Hindi, he also coordinates Saral Hindi Course orgnised by Hindustani Prachar Sabha, Mumbai. He teaches Journalism at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune since 2004. He has written Tele-serials, short films and feature films. Recently, he made two documentaries and working on third one.

SANJAY VERMA

A Business Administration graduate, 57 years aged, SANJAY VERMA is presently Executive Committee Member and Treasurer of Indian Documentary Producers Association, an organisation that encourages documentary film makers all over India. He is also a Member of Western India Film Producers’ Association and Screen Writers’ Association, Mumbai.

He has a rich working experience of 20 years as Writer-Translator working with many production houses in Mumbai and M.P. out of his total 32 years of working experience. He is a Documentary Film maker himself and written many documentaries on biographies of great people. His own produced and directed documentary film, The Prime Crime, to promote plantation was selected for screening in an Environment film festival organised by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board. An Ex-student of Arena Multi Media and Whistling Woods’ Screenplay writing courses at Mumbai, he has written couple of Hindi Version Films of English movies, couple of TV Soap Episodes, Many Hindi version of Ad / Corporate Films, Advertisements, Scripts and some Books. He has written two ebooks in English & Hindi too, published by Amazon on their website, now available on youtube in video film format.

Satinder Mohan

Additional Director General (Retd) from Ministry of Defence. Filmmaker and Film critic. Jury and  Preview Committee Member in many International Film Festivals of India. Has attended all IFFIs and Filmotsavs since 1983. Have attended all MIFFs since 2012 in Mumbai. Advisory Panel Member of CBFC New Delhi  for 3 terms . External Member of NFDC for the last 8 years. Preview Committee member of Doordarshan Films Committee, DD Arun Prabha and DD urdu Channels.Executive Committee member of IDPA . Member of IDPA team for Open Forums organised in IFFIs and MIFF. Preview committee member of Jagran Film Festivals. Preview committee Member of 24 th European  Union Film Festival held in India in various cities.