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Faculties & Academic Support Staffs – Direction and Screenplay Writing

Amaresh Chakraburtty (Professor & Head of Department)

Academic qualification:BSc. Burdwan University, 1982. PG Diploma in Cinema, specialising in Film Direction, Film & Television Institute (FTII), Pune 1985.

Industry experience: Worked as practicing filmmaker based in Kolkata, India. Written & Directed Television serials, Corporate Documentaries, Advertisement films and UGC Educational films. Heading the Direction & Screenplay Writing Department of SRFTI since 1999.Visiting Faculty for Refresher’s Courses for teachers and lecturers at North Bengal University and Burdwan University. Academic Committee member for the Film Studies department of Calcutta University & West Bengal State University. Delivered numerous talks and lectures on cinema and film education in national and international film schools.



Putul Mahmood (Associate Professor)

Academic qualification: Post graduate diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing from FTII, Pune

Professional experience: She is the producer of the Bengali feature film “Cosmic Sex”. She has directed numerous short fiction and documentary films, notably You Who Never Arrived(fiction,15mins, 35mm), Pakeezah(music video on 35mm, 4 mins), I Shoot U (docu,40mins video), Man Of Silence(docu,40mins, 35mm), Lalaeppa(docu,18mins, video), Two Sisters(docu,6mins,video), Raag Rang(TV series), Renditions(TV series). She has designed and been the Course Director of Docurama a three week long residential Documentary Workshop and Appreciation course, the first of its kind, for Siddhartha Kak and the IDC department of IIT Powai.



Tridib Poddar (Assistant Professor)

Academic qualification: Post graduate diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing from SRFTI, Kolkata

Teaching experience: Been Head of Mass Communication & Videography Department at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata

Industry experience:: Worked as director in fiction & documentary films. His Diploma film Khoj ( In Search) has been shown in many national and international film festival and has been an official selection in the competition section in the Cinefondation, Cannes Film Festival. The film also received the Best Debut Film Award in MIFF in 2004. His first independent short fiction titled Shahore (In the City) made in 2005, participated in many festivals andreceived critical acclaims.


Ranajit Gharai (Assistant Professor- Art Direction)

Academic qualification: Post graduate diploma in Art-Direction & Production Design from FTII,Pune

Professional experience: Started his career as an assistant to renowned Production Designer, Art Director, Late Samir Chanda in his two feature films, Ekti Nodir Golpo & Welcome to Sajjanpur.  Worked independently as art director in several short fiction, reality shows and advertising films.



Tangella Madhavi (Assistant Professor)

Academic qualification: Post graduate diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing from SRFTI,Kolkata

Professional experience: Tangella Madhavi is an award winning independent documentary film maker. She has made films for PSBT, Films Division, Majlis, VPRO Netherlands and NHK Japan. Tangella Madhavi has also taught documentary film making at Sophia Polytechnic and been a documentary mentor for Idocs (Documentary Resource Initiative), Documentor ( Imphal ) and was on the selection committee for International Documentary for Mumbai International Film Festival, 2015. An alumni of SRFTI, Asian Film Academy, Mumbai University and Sophia Polytechnic, Tangella Madhavi’s core area of interests are research, Indian documentaries, and writing.