Faculty

Vikram Sawant

Mahrukh Inayet

Course Director, Studio Talk

Mahrukh is an award winning TV journalist with nearly a decade of experience as a broadcast journalist. She is currently working as Editor-at-Large at Headlines Today. Her 72 hrs non-stop reporting from outside the Taj Hotel during the 26/11 Mumbai Terror attack is widely acknowledged as the hallmark of courage under fire and the finest work of journalism. Mahrukh was previously working as Senior Editor at Times Now, and has also worked at National Geographic.

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Vikram Sawant

Vikram Sawant

Director, Studio Talk

Vikram is a well-known and respected senior journalist with more than 20 years of experience in print, radio and TV. From investigative reporting for Mid-Day Publications; to producing Mumbai’s first radio station Radio Mid-Day; to being a part of the TIMES NOW core team, Vikram has successfully worked in all forms of electronic media in India and the U.S.

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Mandira Sawhney Lalvani

Mandira Sawhney Lalvani

Fmr Presenter, TenSports, Star News, ESPN, Times Now

A graduate in broadcast journalism from England, Mandira Sawhney Lalwani is acknowledged as among the best in sports anchoring and reporting. She began her career with Star News and then went on to anchor and report for ESPN, TenSports and Star Sports. Besides sports, Mandira has the unique distinction of anchoring news, special programming and entertainment.

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Naomi Datta

Naomi Datta

Author 6 pm slot, Fmr Presenter CNBC & Times Now

Starting with CNBC in 2001, Naomi Datta is credited with breaking the TV industry’s biggest stories – infamously called ‘The TAM Expose’. From there Naomi went on to produce, and sometimes anchor, the award winning entertainment show TRENDMILL. Later, as part of Times Now, Naomi created & produced weekend programs like THE FOODIE, BRAND EQUITY & E NOW Weekend, which she hosted for two years. Naomi has since gone on to write her first novel on the Television Industry – ‘THE 6 PM SLOT’.

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Shruti Rajkumar

FmrAnchor & Producer, Tech Toyz, CNBC

Shruti Rajkumar’s most recent assignment was with CNBC-TV18, where she produced and reported the network’s award-winning technology show ‘Tech Toyz’. Over and above the 200 shows to her credit, the channel has also gained from her expertise and inputs in other varied shows, including the Hindi & Marathi based Technology shows- Award winning show Tech Guru on CNBC Awaaz and IBN Lokmat.

Tejas Mehta

Mumbai Bureau Chief, NDTV 24×7

National award winning journalist, Tejas Mehta, began his career with The Indian Express and then moved to television with NDTV. From covering politics to courts to terror attacks to sports, Tejas has been associated with some of the country’s biggest news stories. His assignments have taken him across the length and breadth of the country. His forte and first love however continues to be investigative journalism. Tejas is currently the Mumbai Bureau Chief for NDTV 24X7 and also anchors a news show called ‘Mumbai Kya Mangta’.

Mikhail Vaswani

Presenter, NEO CRICKET

A sportscaster, Mikhail K Vaswani is a presenter for Neo Cricket, Dial C for Cricket & other shows on Neo Sports Channel. Prior to Neo, Mikhail has worked with NDTV, ZEE & Times Now. Passionate about sports, cricket remains very close to his heart. Besides his editorial and programming expertise, Mikhail also teaches as a guest faculty in several colleges. A Motivational Speaker & Cricket Writer, Mikhail has also hosted & moderated seminars in colleges.

Ameet Sawant

Ameet Sawant

Producer & Director, 96 Karatz Productions

A director with more than 15 yrs experience in television, Ameet has been behind several successful television shows in the country. From music shows, reality to directing top Bollywood award ceremonies live, Ameet is widely respected for his ability to push the creative envelope and extracting the best from his team. From daily shows, to live events, to reality shows, to talk shows, Ameet’s career exemplifies his indepth understanding of television.

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Ragini Kumar

FmrSports Anchor, Times Now, Venue Producer, IPL5

Ragini Kumar has eight years of combined experience in the TV industry – from producing live news, to scripting, anchoring and conceptualizing shows. Currently working as a venue and content producer with Sony Max for the IPL, she has worked in Times Now as a prime time sports anchor and producer for 2 years. Ragini started her career with NDTV and was associated with the channel for 5 years.

Renelle Snelleksz

Fmr Times Now Entertainment Anchor & Senior Correspondent

Renelle Snelleksz, as a former Times Now Entertainment Anchor hosted and produced the channel’s daily and weekend flagship entertainment properties. She co-conceptualized and launched ENOW Spice, a show that was the first of its kind in the English TV space in the country. Earlier with News X, Renelle hosted primetime shows – ‘Business of Entertainment’ and ‘Mumbai 022′. Renelle has interviewed some of the biggest names in Hollywood and Bollywood.

Tanvir Gill

Senior Markets Anchor, ET NOW

Tanvir Gill is a senior markets anchor with ET NOW, with nearly 8 yrs of experience in the business broadcast industry. She anchors 2 flagship daily shows — Hot Stocks and Closing Trades. She also hosts Global Mantra, which features well-known market voices and a weekly show – Meet Your Fund Manager. Tanvir started her career as anchor & analyst at CNBC TV18.

Juhi Pande

Juhi Pande

Fmr Television Presenter Channel V & Times Drive

Juhi Pande began her career in television as a VJ with Channel [V] in 2005. She then went on to host the popular auto show – Times Drive on Times Now for a year. Juhi, who also dabbles in theatre, has acted in plays such as ‘Some Girls’ by Quasar Theatre Productions, which has had a run of 21 shows across the country, and ‘Love Puke’ directed by Saba Azad.

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Akash Banerjee

AVP – Programming Head, Radio Mirchi

Akash currently heads programming at Radio Mirchi (Delhi), but is a broadcast professional, author and photographer all rolled into one. Over the past decade he has reported on politics and conflict related issues from diverse areas across the subcontinent. Besides his reportage, Akash also produced several news documentaries and anchored prime time shows on Headlines Today and Times Now. He is also the author of Tales from Shining And Sinking India.

Sudha Sadanand

Managing Editor, Tata Westland Ltd

Sudha Sadhanand has been involved with the Indian media for almost two decades and launched Fox History & Travel in India in 2009. She has straddled various streams: Hindi and English TV news; feature and magazine programming; documentaries with the National Geographic Channel; radio and publishing. Sudha is currently working as Managing Editor, Tata Westland where she heads the current affairs, news and cinema section. She is a post graduate in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications, New Delhi.