Faculty - School of Film & Media



Alexis Ouillet
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    Mr. Alexis is a French national with 14 years of experience in digital marketing and online communication. He has successfully launched his own ventures including a digital agency which handles clients such as Remy Cointreu and Business France. He has been named as the entrepreneur of the month in March 2015 by the Indo French Chamber of Commerce. He helps the university's budding entrepreneurs by teaching Business Modelling, Business Planning and Social Innovation. He applies a project-based approach to teach disruptive and innovative ways to create a long-lasting impact online and prepares the students to face the challenges of the digital industry. He joined ADYPU in 2016 and since then he has been teaching promotion of brands online in creative and interactive ways.


Dr. Manju Rughwani
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    Dr. Manju is a multi‐faceted media, entertainment and communication professional with over a decade of experience in the field of journalism, communication, public‐relations and media training. She has been awarded a PhD by Savitribai Phule University of Pune in 2016. Her areas of specialization are journalism, advertising, public relations, experiential communication, corporate communications and content publishing. She has written several articles in leading national and international dailies publishing firms including Time of India, Indian Express, Sakal Times, The Week, New Global Indian etc. She writes on education, information technology, entertainment, culture and real estate.  She served as an India based correspondent for a Hong‐Kong based NRI diaspora magazine 'Beyond Sindh' circulated in over 125 countries. To her credit, she has edited two books written by India's famed fitness and wellness trainer‐Abhimanyu Sable and India's first bau‐biologist‐Mayank Barjatya. Her hobbies include reading non-fiction books, listening to soft romantic melodies, and making new friends.


Dr. Makarand Joshi
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    Dr. Joshi has earned his MBA and PhD in strategic marketing and he is a senior management professional with an illustrious career track record which consisted of successful industry experience of over 15 years and 10 years of experience in management education. He has worked in multipcle domains including sales, marketing, and business development. He also holds experience in providing professional consultation to small-businesses and delivers entrepreneurial mentoring. He has successfully handled corporate relations for academic institutes. He has published many research papers and articles on various aspects of management.


Nilan Ghosh
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    Nilan Ghosh is a faculty of the School of Film and Media. Being a first Class English Honors Graduate from St. Xaviers' Kolkata, he went on to pursue Literature and completed his M.A in English from University Of Calcutta with a First Class. His love for Media and Storytelling took him to the Film and TV Institute of India, Pune. He has specialized in Film-making, Live-streaming and Full HD Video Production for TV and the Internet in the last six years of his career. After short stints as visiting faculty in multiple colleges, Nilan finally chose a full-time career in academics at the Ajeenkya D Y Patil University.

    Nilan's core interest area is script, screenplay and direction in film-making. He has guided students in a lot of media projects like live-streaming, corporate videos and short films and has also played a key role is setting up of the studio of the School of Film and Media since he joined as a full time faculty in September 2014.


Mr. Rajeev Zhaveri
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    Mr. Rajeev Zhaveri is an illustrious and ambidextrous film director, story writer, script writer, and editor who has directed movies in both Bollywood and Hollywood. He has directed several movies which include Deewar – a film acted by Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Khanna and Amrita Rao, Fever- a suspense film starring Hollywood and Indian actors (2016), Tamanna- a Times Group film, Chori-Chori – by Ajay Devgan, Rani Mukharjee and Sonali Bendre, Kucche Dhage – by Saif Ali Khan, Ajay Devgan and Manisha Koirala, Split Wide Open – a film by Dev Benegal.

    He wrote stories and screen-plays for movies which include Fever, Tamanna, Cold Meat, Dhoondate Rah Jaoge, Kuch To Hai etc. and TV serials like Andhakaar, Shohrat, Anokhi Dastaan, Saturday Suspense etc.

    He completed his post-graduate degree in journalism in 1990 from Pune University and worked in Indian Army as a Captain for 4 years. After his stint in army, he turned to the field of art.


Hina Bhambani
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    Ms. Bhambani has completed her graduation (B.F.A) in Commercial Arts from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay, Pune. In addition, she has completed a certification course in photography from Ferguson College, Pune. She has a rich work experience from the industries or domains like advertisement, social media and hospitality. At her leisure, she loves to paint and is primarily fond of canvas painting.