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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 films, documentary films, and TV series; notably the short fiction films You Who Never Arrived and The Window; the documentaries I Shoot You, Man of Silence – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Atasi and Three Sisters; the nonfiction TV series Raag Rang and Renditions. She has designed and been the Course Director of Docudrama a three week long residential Documentary Workshop and Appreciation course, the first of its kind, in collaboration with Siddhartha Kak and the IDC department of IIT Powai.



Raka Dutta (Associate Professor)

Academic Qualification: B.Sc. with Honours in Geography from Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta University in 2001. Post-Graduate Diploma in Film Direction & Screenplay Writing from SRFTI, Kolkata in 2006.

Professional Experience: Raka Dutta is an independent film writer and director worked both in Kolkata and Kerala. Her Diploma film Chinese Whispers has been an official selection in the competition section of Cinefondation, Cannes Film Festival in 2007, and has been shown in about twenty five national and international film festivals thereafter, and was included in the Hundred Years Of Experimentation – A Retrospective Of Indian Cinema & Video by Films Division in 2013. She has directed several short fiction and non-fiction films. She has made a documentary film for NHK, Japan in 2008. And has been working on a non-fiction on Baul, Fakir and Sufi music since 2011. She has also made signature films for Dialogues, The Annual Calcutta LGBTQ Film & Video Festival. Has held workshops like Transcending Boundaries: Exploring Queerness Through Cinema in 2010 at Goethe Institute in Kolkata. She has been extensively practicing black n white analogue still photography and experimenting with pinhole cameras since 2001. Had been a visiting faculty in Screenplay Writing at L.V.Prasad Film & Television Academy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.


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.