Jaipur: The 8th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) will be organized by RIFF Film Club from 25-30th March 2022 and will also celebrate Rajasthan Diwas. Somendra Harsh, Founder & Festival Director of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) stated that this year the Life Time Achievement Award will be given to the renowned Writer, Producer and Director Chandrashekhar Narvekar (N Chandra) at the 8th Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF). This award is given to such a personality in the film industry who has dedicated his whole life to the cinema.
Chandrashekhar Narvekar (N Chandra) is an Indian producer, writer and director who is known for crisp realism in his early Dark and Loud films. His most successful commercial films are ‘Ankush’ starring Nana Patekar, ‘Pratighaat’ starring Sujata Mehta and Nana Patekar, ‘Tezaab’ starring Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit and ‘Narasimha’ starring Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia. The filmography of N Chandra also includes films like ‘Humlaa’, ‘Yugandhari’, ‘Tejaswini’, ‘Bekaabu’, ‘Wajood’, ‘Shikari’, ‘Style’, ‘Xcuse Me’, ‘Kagaar: Life on the Edge’ and ‘Ye Mera India’ etc.
After his schooling, N Chandra began his career as a film editor at the Film Center in Tardeo, Mumbai, where his father also worked. He started his film career as an assistant editor in Sunil Dutt’s film ‘Reshma Aur Shera’ in 1969. He got a break in the film industry as a clapper boy in Gulzar’s ‘Parichay’ (1972). N Chandra worked as an assistant editor with Pran Mehra, Vaman Bhosle and Guru Dutt early in his career, leading to films by Raj Ghosla, BR Chopra and Ravi Tandon. Gradually, N Chandra continued to grow as a film editor and assistant director.
N Chandra has been a member of the Governing Council of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Along with this, he has also been the Chairman of the jury of Indian Panorama of 2010 and 2011 and was also included in the Indian Film Entry Jury for Oscars in 2006 and 2011. He was also the Chairman of the Jury at the 67th National Film Awards 2019, which were awarded in 2021.