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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



RIFF 08, 2022, 02: N. Chandra to get Lifetime Achievement Award

RIFF 08, 2022, 02: N. Chandra to get Lifetime Achievement Award

The 8th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) will be organised by RIFF Film Club, during 25-30th March, 2022, and it will also celebrate Rajasthan Diwas (Foundation day of Rajasthan State). Somendra Harsh, Founder and Festival Director of RIFF, stated today that this year, the LifeTime Achievement Award will be given to the renowned Writer, Producer and Director Chandrashekhar Narvekar, better known as N. Chandra. This award is given to personalities in the film industry who have dedicated their whole lives to cinema.

Chandrashekhar Narvekar is a writer and director who is known for crisp realism in his early Dark and Loud films. His most successful commercial films are Ankush, starring Nana Patekar, Pratighaat, starring Sujata Mehta and Nana Patekar, Tezaab, starring Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit and Narasimha, starring Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia. The filmography of N Chandra also includes films like Humlaa, Yugandhari, Tejaswini, Bekaabu, Wajood, Shikari, Style, Xcuse Me, Kagaar: Life on the Edge and Ye Mera India.

After his schooling, N. Chandra began his career as a film editor at the Film Centre Laboratory in Tardeo, Mumbai, where his father also worked. He started his film career as an assistant editor, in Sunil Dutt's film Reshma Aur Shera in 1969. He got a break in the direction department as a clapper boy in Gulzar's Parichay (1972). N. Chandra worked as an assistant editor with industry stalwarts like Pran Mehra, Vaman Bhosle and Guru Dutt (not the actor-director), early in his career, leading to films by Raj Khosla, B.R. Chopra and Ravi Tandon. Gradually, N. Chandra continued to grow, both as a film editor and assistant director.

N. Chandra has been a member of the Governing Council of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Along with this, he has also been the Chairman of the jury of Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India, 2010 and 2011 and was also included in the Indian Film Entry Jury for Oscars in 2006 and 2011. He was also the Chairman of the Jury at the 67th National Film Awards, 2019, which were awarded in 2021.

Anshu Harsh, the Managing Trustee of RIFF Film Club, said that "In this 8th edition of RIFF Short, Documentary, Animation, Feature, Regional, Rajasthani films, as well as music albums can still be submitted, by visiting the website,, and also through filmfreeway. The next deadline to submit the film is 31st January, 2022.

For more details, contact:

Somendra Harsh

CEO/Founder, Festival Director

Rajasthan International Film Festival 2022

+91 9414044548

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About Siraj Syed

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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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