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Sharad Raj

Sharad Raj is a Mumbai based independent filmmaker and a senior faculty at whistling woods international. An alumnus of the film and television institute of India, Pune, Sharad has been a creative director in television and has launched several shows. He recently completed his debut feature, Ek Betuke Aadmi Ki Afrah Raatein starring Adil Hussain and has previously directed two short features, namely Ek Thi Maria starring Raghuvir Yadav and Irrfan and Ward No. 6 starring Kay Kay and Atul Kumar.

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Adil Hussain: The Uncrowned Czar of independent cinema

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Failed promises of the right wing: Andrzej Wajda

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When men change and repent: Cinema of Kenji Mizoguchi

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Reflecting humanity through the struggle of a woman: Federico Fellini

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