The Jury

Film-maker, Director & Journalist
Best known as a Firebrand Journalist with a golden heart, Dr. Anusha Srinivasan Iyer is also a Global Award-winning Writer Director having won rave reviews across borders winning over 128 awards and having been screened in over 150 national as well as international film festivals!

A sought-after Writer, Director, Media Strategist, sought-after TEDx speaker, Life Coach, Social Entrepreneur, Gender-Animal and Environment Activist, and one of the driving forces behind the Make Earth Green Again MEGA Foundation, Pawsitive Farm Sanctuary, and Zindagi Helpline, Dr. Anusha Srinivasan Iyer is a woman of multiple facets!

On her work front, Anusha Srinivasan Iyer is the Founder and Mentor of Naarad PR & Image Strategists, one of India’s premier PR, Brand Strategisation and Image management agencies, besides being the Brand Custodian of respected actors. A strong believer that if you want to do something, you make time for it, Anusha also writes and directs films as well as pursues a fruitful life of social activism.

Iranian Film Designer & Film Maker
With an education in Bachelor of Architecture from Shiraz University, Iran and Master of Urban Design from Asad University, Iran; Sana Norouzbeigi has made her distinguished mark as a Film Maker, Art Director, Production Designer & Costume Designer for some really notable projects that include short films like Panah, A Morsel of Love, Painting, The Briefcase and Hello Mumbai.

From independent filmmakers to iconic feature film directors, women are pioneers and innovators in the film, television, and entertainment industries. Throughout history, female filmmakers have made award-winning films, showing unique perspectives and powerful narratives that deeply resonate with audiences from all over the world.

Sana broke ground as a woman Art Director & Production Designer who achieved such great success as a double threat, or multi-hyphenate, which is becoming more and more common. She has been associated for nearly a decade and had been involved with production designs for some really noteworthy projects that include Melbourne, Stolen, Confessions of My Dangerous Mind, Immortality, New Moon Hotel, Snake Venom, All Through The Night, Roshan, Siabaz, Ahoo & many other.

Actor, Anchor, Journalist & Jury Member
Born and bred in Australia; Charles Thomson spent his teenage years in India.  After topping his school exams in Australia, Charles at the age of 13 years travelled by himself to India and spent 11 years in Bihar at Yoga Institute. Fluent in Hindi, Charles Thomson who is popular in India and especially in UP & Bihar as #autowalebabu or #biharilal is an Actor, Anchor, Journalist and Former Moderator & Jury Member at NFDC India. Heregularly travels as guest jury, moderator at International Film & Literature Festivals and numerous formal events. 

Charles also acted in the Marathi language film '1909' for which he not only received great reviews, but also made it to the front cover Marathi newspaper ‘Saamana’. One thing led to another and he made several appearances Marathi TV soaps, Bollywood TV serials and movies in Hindi language, whilst living in Mumbai. Then in Delhi he had his own tv shows covering numerous state elections all over India in both Hindi & English. 

He made Guest appearances in Hindi TV serials Swaragini & Code Red. Worked in Hindi films Pratichhaya (awaiting release); TV commercials HCL Technology and a lead role in Hindi comedy movie. He joined Zee News Hindi & WION covering UP and MCD, Delhi elections. AutoWaleBabu was huge success with viewership in the tens of millions. Later, he joined MyNation to cover state elections for MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. 

He also anchored and co-produced a 11-part series for DD Doordarshan on Cuisine and Culture 'Wah Kya Taste Hai' Season 2. He also helped grow Josh Talks, India's equivalent to TED Talks with the release of several regional languages. He is also a part of Australian documentary called 'Biharilal The Australian Wanderer'. He just completed lead role 'Gaaya Hamara Mata Hai' (Indian Cows) Bollywood Hindi comedy film which is soon to be shown at International Film Festivals globally. 

For several years he has now been juror and co-host at Rajasthan International Film Festival as well as co-hosting for the last two years a Sanskrit Film Festival in Rajasthan. He regularly participates as guest juror and both film and literature festivals across India.

Music Composer, Lyricist, Singer, Voice Actor & Writer
Rahul B Seth is a prolific Music composer, Lyricist, Writer, Singer & Voice Actor. He also happens to be the nephew of Acclaimed Author Vikram Seth. Rahul has worked on more than 2500 Ad & Corporate jingles & anthems. His Global anthem for World peace has been played in over 30 countries, endorsed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Seth started off in around between 1994 and 1995 when he first came to Mumbai and his main interest was always into music and in the creative field. He started off with ad jingles and some backup vocal here and there. Then he discovered the hidden talent of voicing and dubbing and gradually embarked upon that journey. He's performed many Hindi dub-over roles for various foreign films and animation, movies, serials and character voices for ad films. And that's where He found his niche, his mark. He always had the inclination towards music so gradually he also branched out into singing for jingles, title songs and writing and now he has reached a state where he even produced his own jingles and title songs.

He also won the Dada Saheb Phalke Jury appreciation award for his musical short film which was premiered in Bucharest, Romania. He also featured in a Document Film by ARD TV - Germany. He is an officially endorsed Voice actor for Warner Brothers and Walt Disney. As a composer , Lyricist & singer, he has worked on popular Bollywood films like, Yamla Pagla Deewana, Tiger Shroff's Baaghi, Heroes, & many more.

Writer, Director & Holistic Filmmaker
A Writer, Director, creator – Dibya Chatterjee is a holistic film maker who has a penchant to tell stories that are slightly unusual in nature and explore the world of irony and humanity. He was born in Calcutta to a family of filmmakers who had earlier produced and distributed Bengali movies of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Uttam Kumar among others. A chemical engineer by degree, Dibya worked in Infosys and IBM before making a deep dive into the world of cinema.

Apart from writing and directing several advertising, documentaries and digital films. He is the writer and co-creator of the highly acclaimed Indian Dark comedy show ‘Afsos’ (2020) streaming worldwide on Amazon Prime Video. He was nominated for Best Script (Original Comedy Series) by Screenwriters Association Awards and won the Best Web Series Award at Los Angeles Film Awards in January 2022. He was also nominated for Best Original Story (Series), Best Comedy (Series / Specials), Best Actor, Series (Male) - Comedy - Filmfare OTT Awards, 2022.

He’s currently developing bunch of projects that include an international film, a tv series and feature film with a production house of international repute. But at the end of the day, he’s just another left hander trying to fit into the right-handed world.

Chairman, Festival Jury & Director
Award winning Writer, Director, Prof. Dr. Mohan Das apart from film making has successfully conducted the Lakecity International Film Festival over the years and has now widened his horizons by taking the concept of film festivals to various cities across India and the globe. With Lakecity being a yearly event well entrenched on to the scene, he is all set to promote Indian Cinema, Art and Culture onto a global platform by joining hands and collaborating with a multitude of film festivals in many countries or offering support to a host of upcoming festivals across the world. Ayodhya International Film Festival which is now in its 17th edition is an offshoot of the same idea that aims at bringing the science, art and emotion through world cinema to the people of Ayodhya and Uttar Pradesh.

Offering a premier showcase opportunity for talented film makers and artists, celebrates avante garde cinema, felicitates masters and achievers from all walks of life, the aim of K Asif Chambal International Film Festival is to bring countries closer by building bridges to enable cross cultural exchanges, social understanding and creative ideation - Prof. Dr. Mohan Das is working tirelessly to bring films to new audiences across Eon Films through programme of screenings, working with partner organisations and of course, looking forward to deliver a great festival.

He has run short film competitions and workshops, organised screenings for international feature films, and is also working as the festival consultant for feature films. With so much of experience to gather, it was natural for him to be invited on many a film festival as jury including ICA Film Festival (Pune), Nilofer-e-Aabi International Film Festival (Mumbai), Penzance International Film Festival (Penzance, UK), HoHe International Film Festival (Germany), K Asif  Chambal International Film Festival (Etawah), Chauri Chaura International Film Festival (Gorakhpur), Frames Film Festival (Mumbai), Aahan International Short Film Festival (Mumbai), Cotton City International Film Festival (Akola), Acharya Tulsi Short Film Festival (Bikaner), Kala Samruddhi International Film Festival (Mumbai), Sand Dunes International Short Film Festival (Bikaner), Cortokino International Film Festival (Mumbai) and others.