Shekhar Kapur to head the jury for 65th National Film Award

Well known film director Shekhar Kapur has been made chairman of the ten member central panel for the 65th National Film Awards, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting sources said.

Screen writer Imtiaz Hussain has been appointed as the regional chairperson of South I panel.

Lyricist Mehboob had been made the regional chairperson for South II panel

Gautami Tadimalla, a well known actress in Tamil films, is the regional chairman of North Panel and Rahul Rawail is picked as the regional chairperson for the Western Panel.

Director P Sheshadri from Kannada cinema is the Eastern Panel regional director.

Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, director of Hindi and Bengali films, play writer Tripurari Sharma, screen play writer Rumi Jaffery, director Ranjit Das and producer, director Rajesh Mapuskar are other member of the central panel of the National Films Awards for the year.

Shekhar Kapur, December 6, 1945 born, is one of the rare Indian film directors who has been internationally acclaimed. Starting out as an actors in the early 1980’s, Kapur debut as a director came with the film Masoom in 1983. Mr India (1987) was a grand commercial success and Bandit Queen (1994) a biopic about dacoit turned politician Phoolan Devi was awarded with Best Feature Film by the National Film Award jury for the year.

In International cinema Kapur directed Queen Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), which went onto win BAFTA and Academy Awards. In 2010, Kapur served as a jury member at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Writer Imitiaz Hussain is best know for the films Parinda (1989) and Astitiva (2000). Mehboob was the lyricist for Bombay.

Rahul Rawail is best known for his films Love Story (1981), Betaab (1983) and Jo Bole So Nihaal (2005).