Masand Ki Pasand
The session on 10th October with leading critic and entertainment reporter, Rajeev Masand, couldn’t possibly have been more entertaining! His energy, enthusiasm and suave charm won over both our students and faculty, while his wit inspired interesting conversation. A well-known film enthusiast, Masand shared insight that advertising and media professionals would be envious of. This year he revealed the movie chosen for his discussion at the Mumbai Film Festival, MAMI exclusively in front of the ISDI WPP students before anybody else – ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander’.
The round of ‘Never Have I Ever’ between him and Dr. Indu Shahani was extremely interesting, especially considering she used to be his principal during his college days! Their camaraderie was heartwarming and fun to watch. Pertinent questions included his opinion on the recent ban on Pakistani artists, his favorite recent film and the progressive surge of women empowering cinema with films like ‘Pink’ and ‘Parched’ etc
At 34, Rajeev Masand has had an accomplished media career spanning 16 years covering the Indian entertainment industry. A graduate from Mumbai University, Rajeev started reporting at the age of 16 at The Times of India. He rose fast, and the milestones along the way include several leadership positions such as Assistant Editor at The Indian Express, Special Correspondent and Film Critic at Star News, and Entertainment Editor and Film Critic at CNN-IBN.
Rajeev is perhaps the only entertainment journalist in the country to have had 2 eponymous film shows – Masand Ki Pasand (on Star News) and Rajeev Masand Ki Pasand (currently on IBN7) – which redefined the rules of how a TV film critic connects to his audience. He pushes the envelope of innovation further on Now Showing on CNN-IBN, which is characterised by tremendous interactivity, viewer participation, online communities, and user-generated discussion of a very high magnitude.
Rajeev is Contributing Editor for GQ India, and writes a monthly column, Talk Movies for the magazine.
- Always stand by your values. They take precedence over everything else.
- Honesty is the best policy. Being a critic requires you to be truthful with your opinions.
- If you chase your passion, the Universe will chase you for your passion.
- Competition is healthy, however, only when it is with your best self.