Team of IIFFB 2018

Dr Suhaib Siddiqi VP at Genomics Company / Co-founder of BDCTV
Suhaib M. Siddiqi, Ph.D. served as Vice President of Technology for Chemistry at ZS Genetics, Inc. Mr. Siddiqi is in the top tier of nucleotide chemists in the world. He has extensive experience and success as both a Medicinal Chemist and a Computational Chemist. He has a background at NIH and several pharmaceutical companies, more than 30 publications in peer-review journals and 36 patents and patent applications. He is regularly invited to give lectures and seminars on biotechnology and drug development. Prior to ZSG, he was with Helicos Biosciences where his efforts led to their proprietary technology as an alternative to the Sanger Method for Sequencing, and which resulted in 27 patents and patents applications, as well as a publication in Nature.
PRASAD VASANT SUTAR Visual effects Supervisor, Co-founder NY VFXWAALA an Ajay Devgn Initiative
As my 1st film, in the year 2000, was part of the VFX team which did the Aamir Khan starrer film “GULAM” in which the lead actor jumped in front of a heading train. Henceforth everything was on-job learning, self and from colleagues, both junior and seniors. What I enjoy, is that of watching the final output on screen as the way it was visualized before even it was shot, right from the scripting level… collaborating with directors, cinematographers, production designers & along with my team at the studio. After successfully delivering around 150 feature film projects as VFX Supervisor & having worked at post production studios like Maya entertainment, EFX-Prasad film lab, Pixion & Relinace Media works, finally in 2015 founded NY VFXWAALA partnering with Actor, Film star Ajay Devgn & VFX Supervisor Naveen Paul. As a VFX supervisor my biggest release was “Bajirao Mastani” which won the prestigious ASIAN FILM AWARDS in the VFX category where films from around 70 countries were nominated from all over Asia. My last release was “Padmaavat”, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali which was hugely appreciated for its visual grandeur. Currently I am in middle of pre-production of magnum opus period-drama “Taanaji” staring Ajay Devgn, directed by Om Raut. So, from CGI Animator to VFX supervisor, to heading a VFX dept. & finally taking a leap of faith on starting a VFX house, which has to grow in a culture where talent as cherished & respected, the dream continues. https://www.linkedin.com/in/prasadsutar/http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0839988/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Director & Cofounder of SETU
Subrata Das is the director and cofounder of the non-profit community English theater group Stage Ensemble Theater Unit (SETU) (www.setu.us) in the Boston area with a mission to bridge the cultural gap between India and the western society. Subrata is also a board member of the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA. As a director, Subrata’s foremost objective is to entertain audience by dramatizing powerful scripts with subtle social and political messages. Subrata directed many plays including Kamala, Ramayan, Mahabharata, and Shah Jahan. He wrote and directed plays on social commentaries such as Rape, Regret, and Retribution and Once Upon a Time NOT in Bollywood. His most recent venture is an all-female cast of Karnad’s classic play The Fire and The Rain. Subrata is a scientist and an adjunct faculty in Artificial Intelligence by profession. He holds a doctorate degree and wrote several books on the subject. Subrata talks regularly on the subject as an invited seminar speaker and a tutorial lecturer.

Ikhlaq Khan – The Actor
Started my career with modeling with Prahlad Kakkar as my God father, gave me a break in his commercial for Nescafe then went on doing major ads did almost a few hundred ads In 1992 when the first satellite channel Zee TV started in India I started my acting career with Banegi- apni- baat , Jaane kahan mera jigar gaya ji, Kashmakash, dil se dosti, pyaar ki kashti mei and many more Feature films I did was Apradhi with Anil Kapoor, Joggers park, Gayab, Dor, Yours emotionally and few more……… 

Sunayana Kachroo Bhide- Poet, Dialogue and Story writer – Films
Born and brought up in Kashmir, Sunayana has a Master’s degree in Computer Science, she moved to USA in 2000 for work and currently lives in Boston area with her family.Her first poem was published at the age of 15. In 2013 her first book “Waqt Se Pare –Beyond Time”, an anthology of poems and pictures was published. She was a featured Poet and Panelist at the prestigious “Bangalore Literature Festival- 2014 and Harvard University’s – Annual Poetry Reading event -sponsored by South Asia Institute. She was also invited by Indian Consulate General in NY in 2015 to recite her poems dedicated to the cause of women empowerment.She has written the theme song of Ekal Vidhayala – an NGO that provides education to millions of children in India. The song was produced/ sung by Anuradha Palakurthi. This anthem was released by the Honorable minister of Human Resources Shri Prakash Javdekar. Multiple Grammy winners Elliot Schneider and Bob Ludwig mixed and mastered this.Awards: Top 20 finalist Woman of the Year (India New England) 2014.Recognized for her contribution for promoting Poetry and Literature in New England Area.TV interviews:
  • ANI-DD- Kashmirnama
  • INE Multimedia
  • Author TV
  • Acton TV
Film Writing:Worked as a “Dialogue Writer” for 2 Hollywood Films produced by Renzu Films
  • “In Search of America” – Selected for Cannes Short Film Corner 2015
Renowned singer Sonu Nigam has recited my nazm for this film
  • “First Love”- Released
  • “Half Widow” (Feature)- Audience award -Best Film New York
  • “Illegal” (Feature)- Dialogues, lyrics
Assisted director Danish Renzu during the filming in LA.Producer and Writer: “Pashmeena” Feature film on Kashmir currently in Pre-production.
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