People

Swadha Kulkarni

Breathless Films | Hon. President

Keen observer, ace crisis manager & talent scout. With over two decades of experience in producing content for several international commercials, television promo spots & AD films, Swadha Kulkarni, Executive producer of Breathless Films, has played an integral role in shaping the new company. The one thing that stands out about Swadha is that she is someone who truly enjoys her work, and for the 20 odd employees under her at Breathless, she is a sounding board, mentor and leader never averse to the idea of getting her hands dirty. Especially while eating crab butter garlic!

Billoo Sandhu

Cutting Edge Pictures | Hon. Vice President & Treasurer

Born in an Agricultural Family in Punjab in 1965 and after initial schooling in Bishop’s School Poona and The Punjab Public School, Nabha Billoo finished his graduation from Mithibai College Vile Parle, Bombay.Immediately after graduation learnt film making as an Assistant Director at Far Video Films.Started Cutting Edge Pictures in the year 2000. From then on there has been no looking back. Over the years Billoo has worked with a varied list of clients both in India and the International market. Some of the prestigious clients being Pepsico, Coca Cola,Uni Lever,Garnier, Johnson & Johnson, Marico, Hero Honda, Nissan,Samsung, Vimal Pan Masala etc.Billoo’s 30 years in this Industry have been fun and have bought a new learning experience with every new Day.

Cyrus Pagdiwala

Corcoise Films | Hon. General Secretary

Starting off with a small production company in 1993 he learnt the ropes of all aspects of film production from budgeting to post production, rolling up his sleeves and dirtying his hands over the years. Cyrus has worked with few of the biggest names in the commercial world - Tony Kay (New York Life), Traktor (Typhoo Tea), Daniel Barber of the RHB (Ford Galaxy), Steve jobs of revolver (Quantas & Suez) amongst others. Cyrus’ partnership with Prasoon Pandey at Corcoise Films has resulted in recognition at Cannes, Clios and the New York Adfest amongst other forum.

Amitabh Bhattacharya

Never Ending Story | Executive Committee Member

A school dropout, an assistant to a hoarding supervisor in Vantage Outdoors, a junior copywriter in HTA (JWT) then with DDB Mudra, Leo Burnett and finally a CD in McCann. Just when it was time to settle down, Never Ending Story happened. And the journey continues. Sometimes even on a bicycle.

Khalil Bachooali

Offroad Films | Executive Committee Member

Born in Mumbai, raised in the Middle East, under-graduation in India and Europe, worked in Doha, Singapore, Rotterdam, Prague and Mumbai, Khalil brings international experience and global exposure to the table in everything he does.With a background in marketing and advertising and a stint with the European office of Johnson & Johnson, Khalil ventured into the world of advertising and content production in India where he has produced over 400 commercials in a short span of 5 years. Khalil started his own production company, Offroad Films, in 2011.Khalil has an uncanny ability to bring together the right creative partners for the right film project. His aim is to merge artistic sensibilities with marketing acumen.

Tushar Raut

Coconut Films | Executive Committee Member

Tushar Raut a qualified Chemical Engineer from Mumbai, started his career with Prithvi theatre since 1994 and ever since then has been very much a part of the National & International events. His credentials include work with well known & reputed Production Houses. Tushar then initiated Coconut Films and has created a mark of his own and has been doing fantabulous work. Three years of his growth chart is good enough a testimony of knowledge, ability, experience & skill.

Gaurrav Dhar

Cutawayy Films | Executive Committee Member

Having started his professional media career at the age of 21, armed with an MBA specialization in Advertising and Marketing Communications, has worked his way up in life by associating with various reputable companies in the fields of Advertising, Media, Entertainment and Broadcast.

With childlike enthusiasm for being engaged in creating successful projects, Gaurrav admits to being lucky with laurel, though he rates his sense of humor & humane attitude as his biggest strength.

Naveed Khan

Lens Flare Films | Executive Committee Member

Since he was a kid, Naveed Khan liked getting things done. As he grew up he knew what he did not want to do. He also knew he wanted to see the world, tell stories, bring them to life, watch them grow and be a central reason for giving birth to someone's vision. At Lensflare, he does that. He is the catalyst for bringing a director's vision to life. He leaves no stone unturned in that effort. He does not believe in small films or big films - he believes in telling a story. And for that, he'd do anything.