Executive Leadership

The team behind KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

Sridhar Rangayan
Festival Director

Sridhar Rangayan is a filmmaker, writer and activist. He has consistently strived to give a voice to LGBT issues in India through his films, writings and public speaking for over two decades. His award-winning films The Pink Mirror, Yours Emotionally, 68 Pages and Project Bolo present hard-hitting social issues with humour & warmth. He is the Founding Trustee of The Humsafar Trust and served on its board for 19 years. He is also the Festival Director of FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival founded in 2010 as well as the Founder Festival Director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.

Saagar Gupta
Director of Programming

Saagar Gupta is a freelance media professional and a reputed writer and poet. Being in the TV & Film industry for more than a decade he has worked with some of the best production houses and almost every General Entertainment Channels. Having written for several popular Hindi TV series like Rishtey, Gubbare, Left Right Left, Jassi Jaise Koi Nahi and Radha Ki Betiyaan etc he has also penned the Hindi, Urdu dialogues for Kalpana Lajmi’s critically acclaimed film, Darmiyaan and more recently for Aa Muskuraa, an advocacy film for National AIDS Control Organization. He has penned the lyrics for film, 68 Pages and Sahaay Helpline and is the co-producer for The Pink Mirror and Yours Emotionally. He has also worked with the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) and was actively involved as Junior Festival Manager for their prestigious the Golden Elephant International Children’s Film Festival. Since the beginning of KASHISH MIQFF in 2010 he has been the curator and programmer for the festival. When free he loves to experiment in kitchen or research about Hindi Cinema’s by-gone era.

Shibu Thomas
Director of Communications

Shibu Thomas is a media professional. For over a decade he has been working as journalist with leading newspapers in India. From the heat and dust of political campaigns to terror trials, a `Save Eye’ campaign in Thailand to the Inaugural F1 Grand Prix in Shanghai, he has written on local and national issues, Bollywood and travel. His focus in recent years has been on legal issues, especially when it intersects with his areas of interest – development, environment and human rights. He has been the driver for all the publicity and media outreach for KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival over the past four years.

Pearl Daruwalla
Director of Operations

Pearl Daruwalla is an energetic individual who is passionate about riding, music and all things events. An alumni of National Institute of Event Management (NIEM), Pearl has worked on national and international events like Sula Festival, Nariyal Paani, and KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival; handling the end-to-end production.
Besides being a co-owner of D:fine Events – a Mumbai based event management company, Pearl is an artist management consultant and has worked with music venues like Blue FROG as well as artist management companies since many years.