OTV Foresight 2016 Speakers
An alumnus of Oxford University, Rajdeep Sardesai (49) was till recently the editor-in-chief of IBN 18 network and is currently writing a major book on the 2014 Indian General elections to be published later this year by Penguin Random House. He has 26 years of journalistic experience in print and television. Prior to setting up the IBN network channels, he was the Managing Editor of both NDTV 24X7 and NDTV India. He has also worked with The Times of India for 6 years and was city editor of its Mumbai edition at the age of 26. In his 26-year long career, he has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence, including the prestigious Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008, the International Broadcasters’ award for coverage of the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism award in 2007. He has been News Anchor of the year at the Indian Television Academy for eight of the last nine years. He has been the President of the Editors’ Guild of India and was also chosen as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the world economic forum. Sardesai writes a fortnightly column across several newspapers, including The Hindustan Times.
Debi Prasad Mishra is currently the minister for Industry and School & Mass Education in the Odisha government. Having taken the plunge into politics during the epoch-making JP movement in the late 1970s while he was still a student, Debi went on to become the President of the Youth wing of the erstwhile Janata Dal in 1996. He has been elected to the state Assembly from the Badamba constituency five consecutive times since 1995. He became a minister for the first time in the first Naveen Patnaik government in 2000 and has held important portfolios like Health & Family Welfare, Agriculture, Excise and Housing & Urban Development in the past. A senior leader of the BJD, he is now the general secretary of the party. As Industry minister, he has the onerous task of implementing the ambitious Industrial Policy Resolution (IPR), 2015.
Former Member of Parliament from the Nabarangpur Lok Sabha constituency and a former President of the state unit of Youth Congress, Pradip Majhi is among the most important tribal leaders in the state. Born in Tali Ambagaan village in Nabarangpur district, Pradip graduated in Economics and acquired a degree in Computer Science before joining politics. He started out as the Zilla Parishad Chairman in 2007 before being elected MP from the Nabarangpur constituency in 2009. Never one to mince words, he wrote a letter to the party high command opposing the Polavaram project despite the fact that it was the Congress-led UPA government, which had given the project the go-ahead.
Pruthwiraj Harichandan is the Vice President of the Odisha unit of BJP. He followed in the footsteps of his illustrious father Biswabhusan Harichandan and joined politics while still a student. While a student of Zoology in Utkal University, he was very active in student politics. Though he has not had much electoral success despite several attempts, Pruthwiraj has carved a niche for himself in state politics with his ability as an effective spokesperson for the party in the media and among the people.
Having started his career as a film actor in the late 1980s, Munna Khan has made a seamless transition to the world of politics. He acted in 18 films and carved a niche for himself in the movie industry before taking the plunge into politics. Among his most successful films are ‘Mamatara Dori’, ‘Mun Premi Mun Pagala’, ‘Mun Kan Ete Kharap’, ‘Badhu Nuhen Mun Bandhu’, ‘Nai Separi Kanaka Gori’, ‘Chhati Chiri Dele Tu’, ‘Akashe ki Ranga Lagila’ and ‘Sashughara Chalijibi’. Munna Khan is the State Secretary of the BJD Minority Cell and the Chairperson of Odisha Film Development Corporation (OFDC).
With his unique acting style, popular film and television actor Pupinder Singh is a name to reckon with in the Odisha entertainment industry. He has given stellar performances in films like ‘To Bina Bhala Lagena’, ‘Love Dot Com’, ‘Raghupati Raghaba Raja Ram’, ‘Thukul’, ‘Jagu Autowala’, ‘Kichhi Khata Kichhi Mitha’, ‘Daha Balunga’ and ‘Shubha Bibaha’, besides producing the last four. Though he hails from a Punjabi family, Pupinder has internalised the Odia language and culture in his DNA. Before making the foray into movies, he was among the most sought after anchors in the state.
An alumnus of the prestigious National School of Drama (NSD), Samaresh Routray has set up his own group ‘Srujanikaa’ and has played the lead in over 30 plays and 500 theatrical shows. Apart from working as executive producer in Mumbai for top-notch television production houses like ‘Sanskar’ channel and Balaji Telefilms, Samaresh has also acted in several Hindi tele-serials, including ‘Daman’, ‘Akrant’, ‘Kabhi Bibi Kabhi Jasoos’. He essayed the role of Yashpal in the historical flick ‘23rd March, 1931: Saheed Bhagat Singh’ in 2002 before heading back home to Odisha. He is among the most sought after actors in the Odia film and tele serial industry. A versatile actor, Samaresh has played all kinds of roles, including an out and out negative character as an aspiring Chief Minister in ‘Mukhyamantri’.
As Managing Director of Sriya Swati Cine Complex (P) Ltd, Bijendra Kumar Mohanty has taken this dream project launched by Late Krushna Chandra Mohanty and Late Chandan Prava Mohanty to greater heights with his vision and dynamism. It has several firsts to its credit: the first theatre in Odisha to introduce computerized ticket booking, the first to offer Dolby Digital sound system, the first to introduce the 2K system, the first to exhibit a 3D film and the first to introduce UFO Digital System. With its excellent sound system, best lighting, comfortable push back chairs and other accessories, Sriya-Swati Cine Complex has become the byword for entertainment in Odisha, providing the ultimate cinematic experience to the people – particularly the denizens of the Capital City of Bhubaneswar.