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Bobby Bedi is a veteran in the film and media industry in India, he is also the Managing Director of Kaleidoscope Entertainment which is regarded as one of the leading production houses in the Indian film and television Industry, and one of the few that have created content that has successfully crossed over to western audiences.
Having worked with other industry veterans like Shekhar Kapur, Vishal Bharadwaj, AR Rahman and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bobby Bedi has produced some stellar movies like Bandit Queen, Mangal Pandey, Saathiya, Fire, Maqbool and others that have always created a mark on Indian cinema and touched international audiences.
Bobby Bedi has been on the panel of some prestigious organizations like FICCI and Cannes as he is very vocal about taking Indian cinema and talent to the world.
He was Born in Mumbai on 30 March 1956 in a business family. Married and the father of 4 children (three grandchildren) that are living in different cities, Mumbai, Vancouver, Dubai. Did his high School in St. Marys Mumbai, post Graduate at BITS Pilani (72′ batch) organised the OASIS 76 cultural festival and the 75 fun fete there, was part of the 5 member students council that ran student affairs during the emergency. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Boston and of INSEAD Fountaibleu. He started his own business, the SWITZ group in 1980, a set of bakery-related businesses employing 4000 people. It is a market leader and operates in GCC countries (Saudi/UAE/Oman) India, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Philippines. A former Trustee and president of Citizens for Justice & Peace (NGO) instrumental in getting the first post independence convictions of nearly a hundred rioters at Naroda Patiya in Gujarat.
Ms. Arti Kirloskar has been associated with Plan India since 2007 and has contributed extensively in fundraising and advocacy initiatives especially for girl’s programmes. She is the Convenor of Kirloskar Vasundhara film festival through which much work has been done to create awareness and initiate action to protect the environment. The festival now travels to more than 20 cities in and around Maharashtra. She is now a patron of INTACH Pune after being its Convenor for the last 10 years. Under her the copper craft revival was established and a seminal book on Pune – the ‘Queen of Deccan’ was re published. She is an executive member of ‘Kirloskar Foundation’ where she initiated a WASH programme for creating awareness on hygiene and safe drinking water in schools in Pune through volunteers from the Kirloskar group of companies.