ASHOK RANE, the Director of IFA – Indian Film Academy, in one of the noted Film Critics, a Film Academician, Researcher and Writer.
He has been in film journalism for the last three decades. In this tenure of thirty years he has been writing extensively on Indian and World cinema. He has been attending Film Festivals not only in India but all over the world. This academician has watched and studied films made all over the world, right from the first film of the world made by the Lumiere Brothers of France in 1895.
Ashok Rane is regularly attending Indian Film Festivals since 1984. He has been invited as Film Critic to the Berlin International Film Festival since 1996 and so far he has attended the same seven times. He was also invited to the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) in 1999 and Sundance and Asian Film Festival (Orlando) in USA in 2002. He was a member of FIPRESCI ( The Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinematographique) Jury for Moscow International Film Festival – 2003.
While individually conducting Film Appreciation Courses he has also been a member of the visiting faculty for Film Technique, Appreciation, Criticism and Aesthetics at the University of Mumbai and other renowned Institutes such as Xavier’s’ Institute of Communication, S.N.D.T. University and many more.
He directed his first marathi feature film ‘Suryodaya’ starring Nana Patekar, Deepti Naval, Neelu Phule, Shriram Lagoo & Mohan Agashe. The film not only won critical acclaim in national and international media but also went on to win the state award and was specially screened in the ‘Indian panorama’, where it was appreciated by the great Indian director Satyajit Ray in 1990 at Kolkata.
His Hindi feature film directorial debut began with the film ‘Lal Salaam’ starring Nandita Das , Sharad Kapoor, Sayaji Shinde, Rajpal Yadav, Vijay Raj & Rakhee Sawant.