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Faculties & Academic Support Staff – Producing for Film & Television

Ashoke Viswanathan (Professor & Head of the Department)

Academic Qualification: Post Graduate Diploma in Direction from FTII, Pune.

Industry experience: Ashoke Viswanathan is a multiple National and International award winning filmmaker with more than a hundred films to his credit apart from TV serials, music videos and several educational series.He has been awarded the President’s Gold Medal as also the President’s Silver Medal for his feature film work.His films have been selected on five occasions in the Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India apart from several international film festivals.. He is also a playwright, theatre director and actor with performances all over the globe. A prolific essayist and writer, he has published articles and papers in several journals, magazines and daily newspapers like THE WEEK, THE TIMES OF INDIA, THE TELEGRAPH, THE STATESMAN and ANANDA BAZAR PATRIKA. Viswanathan is also a poet with contributions to several anthologies like THE LONDON MISCELLANY and has authored a book entitled, BENGAL IN THE CENTENARY OF CINEMA AND BEYOND.

He has been a Charles Wallace scholar, having qualified as a Fellow at the Cambridge seminar on modern British fiction.He was the HOD of film direction at the SRFTI in the nineties and is, at present, a Professor and HOD of Producing films and television at SRFTI where he was once a member of the Governing Council. He is on the BOARD OF STUDIES at West Bengal State University, department of film studies, and at St. Xavier’s College in the department of Mass Communications.He is also political commentator on news channels like TIMES NOW and ABP ANANDA


Prasenjit Ghosh (Associate Professor)

Academic Qualification: Post Graduate Diploma in Direction from FTII, Pune.

Industry experience: Worked on an Indo-Italian Film ‘in the twelfth night’ .Worked as Production Liaison Officer in a German film ‘Shadow of time’. Directed a diploma film ‘The Swing’ which participated in the 7th Short Film Festival, Dhaka. Directed a Doordarshan commissioned documentary on Jnanpath Award wining poet Subhash Mukhopadhyay‘ Tar par JeteJete’.Directed SRFTI produced film ‘Golpokalpana’ which participated in Kolkata Film Festival (Video Section).Worked as EP for a documentary produced by Madhyam, Bhopal. Participated in a student exchange programme on production in HFF, Potsdam as faculty supervisor. Headed the student Production Dept for 14 years.Supervised around 60 Diplomas, 80 short films, innumerable AD, Promos, Playback & Student workshop


Nilanjan Banerjee (Assistant Professor)

Academic Qualification: Post Graduate Diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing from SRFTI, Kolkata.

Industry experience: Directed the feature film ‘Tomar Jonno’ produced by Zee Motion Pictures. Has worked as an associate with the acclaimed film maker ate shri Rituporno Ghosh and also was an associate in the film ‘Brick Lane’ directed by Sarah Gavron. The documentary film ‘Mayabazaar’ made by him was showcased in the Mumbai International Film Festival.
Later on he went on to launch two Television Production Houses ‘Eyewash’ and ‘Fish Eye Productions’ and produced shows for broadcasters like Star India, Colors, Zee Tv and line produced for production houses like BBC, Big Synergy, Colescium. Has been associated with TV brands such as Kaun Banega Crorepati and Jhalak Dikh La Ja