Careers in Film Making / Radio

See all the elements used in Film Making in a single frame. Camera, Boom Mike, Scripts, Subjects and of-course the professionals behind the equipment. Actors, Director, Cinematographer, Sound Recordist, Script writer, Spot Boys etc

· Concepts they should know and the level to which they should be prepared in Education.

· Industry recognized the job role that the students should be prepared for

Earlier the stress has been on heavy equipment such as heavy cameras cranes Linear Editors like Steinback everything has been aimed for Delivery to Multiplexes. Drones are Replacing Cranes. As Video and Audio storage became digital, cameras became lighter. The tripods are therefore lighter. You no longer need Heavy Steadycams.

Now the trend is shifting totally towards web based shows which don’t need a giant projector but rather a digital platform for screening. Now after the lock-down the trend has become even more rapid. This is where our Commputer Science and Design students and even ECE students can ease themselves in without much difficulty.

In terms of a film company the Job Descriptions are as under

· Film producer.

· Film producer cum Financial Planner

· Production Manager

· Film director

· Script Writer / Song Writer

· Visualiser and Story Boarder

· Ad Film Designer

  • Set Designer

· Virtual Set Designer

· 3 D Modeller

· Location manager.

· Director of Photography / Cinematographer

· Lighting Designer

  • Sound Recordist
  • Video / Film Editor
  • Audio Editor

· Digital Marketing Executive

· FX Designer

· Social Media Expert

· You Tuber


Major Film Production Houses in India
Balaji Telefilms Ltd
Balaji Telefilms Ltd was founded in the year 1994 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India. The leading production house produces Indian soap operas, comedy, game shows, entertainment, reality TV and factual programming in several Indian languages. Balaji Telefilms is promoted by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor and is a public company listed at the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India.

Dharma Productions Pvt Ltd

Dharma Productions Pvt Ltd is one of the top 10 production houses in India. The company is mainly involved in the business of film production and distribution since 1979. The production house is located in Mumbai and owned by Karan Johar. The production house has produced a huge number of hit films.

Endemol Shine India

Endemol Shine India is a part of the Endemol Shine Group. Endemol Shine India was founded in the year 2015 and is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Endemol Shine India, at present, is the premier content provider in the Sub- Continent, producing over 800 hours of programming annually for the biggest broadcasters; mainstream & regional. Endemol Shine India’s slate represents the most exciting and popular programming on TV channels – shows such as MasterChef, Biggboss, Khatron Ke Khiladi, with many other projects in development.  It is one of the top 10 production houses in India.

Eros International Media Ltd

Eros International was founded in the year 1977 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The public ltd company is dealing in the media and entertainment industry. It offers a wide range of services including co-production, distribution and acquisition and film production. Eros’s major subsidiaries are Eros Now, Eros Music and Trinity Pictures. Its offices are located in India, UK, Australia, United States, Dubai, Fiji and the Isle of Man. It is one of the leading production and distribution companies in India.

Ramoji Film City (ETV Network)

Ramoji Film city is a broadcast television company owned by Network 18 company. It is a network of Satellite television channels in India. The company is based out in New Delhi. In the year 2015, it has been acquired by Reliance Industries. The Hyderabad daily newspaper Eenadu (Telugu for ‘today’) started its own channel named Eenadu TV on 27 August 1995. It is among the top 10 production houses in India.

Reliance Big Entertainment Pvt Ltd

The company was founded in the year 2005. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Its major products are motion pictures, music, television, and games. Its parent company is Reliance Anil Dhirubhai and Ambani Group. The key content initiatives are across music, movies, Internet & mobile portals, gaming, sports, leading to direct opportunities in delivery across the emerging digital distribution platforms like digital cinema, IPTV, DTH, and mobile TV. It is one of the top 10 production houses in India.

Saregama India Ltd

Saregama India Ltd was founded in the year 1946 and s headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The company is India’s oldest music label, youngest film studio, and a multi-language TV content producer. The company is engaged in the production of television serials, including free commercial time. The Company’s segments include Music, Films/TV Serials, Publication, and Marketing Support Services.

Super Cassettes Industries Ltd (T-Series)

T-Series was founded in the year 1983 by Gulshan Kumar. One of the top 10 production houses in India, the company is well known for Bollywood music soundtracks and Indi-pop music. T-Series is India’s largest music record label. The company is headquartered in Noida, India. The company’s line of business includes the manufacturing of phonograph records and prerecorded audio tapes and disks.

Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd

Its major subsidiaries are Viacom 18 US, Viacom 18 media, Roptanol, the Indian Film Company, and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Viacom 18 owns and operates various channels of the Viacom group for the Indian viewers, as well as various consumer products in India. It is one of the top 10 production houses in India. Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. is India’s fastest growing entertainment network and a house of more than 3 dozen iconic brands. Viacom18 defines entertainment in India by touching people across its core lines of businesses – broadcast, digital, experiential, filmed entertainment and consumer products.

Yash Raj Films Pvt Ltd

Yash Raj Films (YRF) is an Indian film production and distribution company working in Hindi cinema. Its major products are Movies, Studio, Production, Distribution, Marketing, Music, Home Video and many more. The company is among the top 10 production houses in India. It is a broad spectrum company diversified into following segment

Besides the above the following are:

Currently Active film production houses in India

Indicative List (there are many more)

Ramanaidu StudiosVisakhapatnam/Hyderabad
PVP CinemaVijayawada/Hyderabad
August CinemaThiruvananthapuram
Friday Film HouseThiruvananthapuram
Pranavam Arts InternationalThiruvananthapuram
Prithviraj ProductionsThiruvananthapuram
Riverbank StudiosNew Delhi
Sahara OneNew Delhi
Aamir Khan ProductionsMumbai
Ajay Devgn FFilmsMumbai
Anurag Kashyap FilmsMumbai
Bhansali ProductionsMumbai
Chilsag Entertainment NetworkMumbai
Clean Slate FilmsMumbai
Colour Yellow ProductionsMumbai
DAR Motion PicturesMumbai
Drishyam FilmsMumbai
Emmay EntertainmentMumbai
Excel EntertainmentMumbai
Fox Star StudiosMumbai
Grazing Goat PicturesMumbai
Hari Om EntertainmentMumbai
Illuminati FilmsMumbai
Medient StudiosMumbai
Mukta ArtsMumbai
Nadiadwala Grandson EntertainmentMumbai
Narrative PicturesMumbai
Navketan FilmsMumbai
NFDC Cinemas of IndiaMumbai
Pen India LimitedMumbai
Percept Picture CompanyMumbai
Phantom FilmsMumbai
Rajshri ProductionsMumbai
Red Chillies EntertainmentMumbai
Salman Khan FilmsMumbai
Shree Ashtavinayak Cine VisionMumbai
Sudha ProductionsMumbai
Tips IndustriesMumbai
Trimurti FilmsMumbai
UTV Motion PicturesMumbai
Viacom18 Motion PicturesMumbai
Vinod Chopra FilmsMumbai
Vishesh FilmsMumbai
Walt Disney Pictures IndiaMumbai
Yoodlee filmsMumbai
Zee Entertainment EnterprisesMumbai
Eskay MoviesKolkata
Jeetz FilmworksKolkata
Shree Venkatesh FilmsKolkata
Surinder FilmsKolkata
Aashirvad CinemasKochi
Big Bang EntertainmentsKochi
Playhouse Motion PicturesKochi
Wayfarer FilmsKochi
Annapurna StudiosHyderabad
Arka Media WorksHyderabad
Geetha ArtsHyderabad
Konidela Production CompanyHyderabad
Mythri Movie MakersHyderabad
Suresh ProductionsHyderabad
Vaaraahi Chalana ChitramHyderabad
Vyjayanthi MoviesHyderabad
PVR PicturesGurgaon
Dehra ProductionsDehradun
2D EntertainmentChennai
AGS EntertainmentChennai
AVM ProductionsChennai
Cloud Nine MoviesChennai
Gemini Film CircuitChennai
Kavithalayaa ProductionsChennai
Lyca ProductionsChennai
Madras TalkiesChennai
Qube Cinema TechnologiesChennai
Raaj Kamal Films InternationalChennai
Red Giant MoviesChennai
S PicturesChennai
Sivaji ProductionsChennai
Sivakarthikeyan ProductionsChennai
Studio GreenChennai
Sun PicturesChennai
Wunderbar FilmsChennai
Y NOT StudiosChennai
Tarang Cine ProductionsBhubaneshwar
Felis CreationsBangalore
Jayanna CombinesBangalore
Kanteerava StudiosBangalore
Paramvah StudiosBangalore
Pushkar FilmsBangalore
Rhythm Boyz EntertainmentAmritsar
CineMan ProductionsAhmadabad

Major Music Studios in India for Radio and Film both

Aditya Music, Hyderabad

Balaji Music, Mumbai

Eros Music, Mumbai

Madhura Audio, Hyderabad

Muzik 247, Chennai

Pen India Music, Mumbai

Saregama, Mumbai (It has also forayed into Film Production)

Satyam Audios, Kochi

SVF Music, Kolkata

Shemaroo, Mumbai

Sony Music, Mumbai.

T-Series, Mumbai

Tharangni, Chennai

Think Music, Chennai

Times Music, Mumbai

Tips Music, Mumbai

Universal Music, Mumbai

YRF Music, Mumbai

Zee Music Company, Mumbai

Video Streaming Platforms

· HBO Now.

· YouTube TV

· Netflix

· Sling TV

· Amazon Prime.

· Acorn TV

· CBS All Access

· DirecTV Now.


· Show Time

· Social Streaming: Facebook Live, LinkedIn Live, YouTube Live, Periscope, Instagram Live.

Major News Channels in India

· ABP News Network Pvt Ltd (ABP)

· BBC Worldwide (India) Pvt Ltd.

· DD News.

· Diligent Media Corporation Ltd (DNA India)

· Independent News Service Pvt Ltd (India TV)

· New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV India)

· TV Today Network Ltd (AajTak)

· TV18 Broadcast Ltd (ibn7)

Renowned Podcasting Platforms

1. Podbean. 

2. BuzzSprout

3. Sound Cloud

4. Blubrry

5. Amazon Music

6. YouTube Music

6. Transistor. …

7. Smart Podcast Player. …

8. Libsyn.

Radio Stations

International English Speakinh

The top radio stations in the United States by Nielsen Audio ratings.

1. WLTW-FM 106.7 Lite fm – New York

2. WHTZ-FM Z100 – New York

3. WKTU-FM 103.5 – New York

4. KIIS-FM 102.7 – Los Angeles

5. KBIG-FM 104.3 MYFM – Los Angeles

6. KOST-FM 103.5 – Los Angeles

7. WCBS-FM 101.1 – New York

8. KRTH-FM K-EARTH 101 – Los Angeles

9. WBMP-FM 92.3 AMP Radio – New York

10. KAMP-FM 97.1 AMP Radio – Los Angeles

United Kingdom

1. Classic FM (99.8–101.9 MHz) …

2. BBC Radio 5 Live (693/909 kHz) …

3. Smooth Radio (97–108 MHz) …

4. Capital FM (95–108 MHz) …

5. BBC Radio 1 (97.1–99.8 MHz) …

6. Heart (88–108 MHz) …

7. BBC Radio 4 (92.5–96.1 MHz) …

8. BBC Radio 2 (88.1–90.2 MHz)


1. All India Radio (Prasar Bharti)

AIR operates at present 18 FM stereo channels, called AIR FM Rainbow, targeting the urban audience in a refreshing style of presentation. Four more FM channels called, AIR FM Gold, broadcast composite news and entertainment programmes from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai.

Private FM Radio Stations

Ministry of Infomation and Broadcasting has listed 381 operational Private FM Radio stations as on 18.06.2019

Because FM has a limited range every major city in India has an FM radio with same frequency please go to the link to see the detailed list of stations.

3. Recommended Courses Tools and Certifications.

Each Film School offers a basket of specialised course including Phd. The student has to see which area he wants to grow in and choose his school accordingly.

1. American Film Institute

Located in the film-making capital of the world, Hollywood, the American Film Institute or AFI is one of the most famous schools in the world. AFI’s film making programs are offered by the AFI Conservatory boasting of alumni with major industry awards including the Academy Awards and Emmy Awards. The AFI Conservatory does not offer typical degrees or diplomas but a highly structured Masters of Fine Arts program in six disciplines – Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting

2. Los Angeles Film School

A top-ranking school for film studies. Although the school offers only associate and bachelor degrees in Film, Animation one would recommend the following courses which would broaden the vision: Entertainment Business, Audio Production, Music Production in addition to the programs offered in their Hollywood campus, the school offers online programs in, Entertainment Business, and Music Production, besides other standard courses like graphic design animation etc

4. Vancouver Film School

Located in Vancouver, Canada, Vancouver Film School or VFS is a leading school for entertainment arts. Such is the film school’s reputation that the Government of Shanghai selected VFS to rebuild the nation’s creative industry. The school offers post-secondary programs of one-year duration in areas including Film Production, Makeup Design for Film & Television, Acting for Film & Television, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Design, Classical Animation, Foundation Visual Art & Design, Game Design, Entertainment Business Management, Sound Design for Visual Media, and Writing for Film & Television.

5. Concordia University

Concordia University’s The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema is the largest, university-based centre for the study of film animation, film production and film studies in Canada. Programs offered by the prestigious Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema includes a BFA with majors in areas of Film Animation, Film Production and Film Studies, MFA in Cinematic Arts, and MA and Ph.D. in Film Studies. Only MFA is recommended

6. London Film School

Enhance your skills deeply in film making at the centre of the European Film industry by pursuing a graduate degree from the London Film School. LFS offers MA, Ph.D. and part-time workshops programmes focused on craft excellence, aesthetic achievement, creative collaboration, and artistic freedom. Areas of study include MA Film Making, MA Screenwriting, MA International Film Business and Ph.D. Film by Practice and many short-term professional development courses.

7. National Film and Television School (NFTS), London

Featured as one of the top 15 International film schools by The Hollywood Reporter, 2018 ranking. In the last six years, NFTS student films have been nominated three times for an Oscar. The wide variety of programs offered by NFTS include MA courses in Cinematography, Film Studies Programming and Curation, Sound Design to name a few, Diploma courses in Directing Commercials, Sports Production among others and Certificate courses in areas such as Character Animation and Producing Your First Feature

8. Sydney Film School, Australia 

Australia is a popular study abroad destination, those interested to pursue film studies in Australia can consider the popular Sydney Film School (SFS) which was founded 14 years ago. It is a private film school offering two 1- year courses – Diploma of Screen and Media, and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media.  While the Diploma program is an introductory program designed for candidates with no experience and covers all aspect of film making. The Advanced Diploma is designed for more deeper studies and offers a specialization such as Production, Cinematography among others for skill enhancement and is recommended

9. City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media

For students looking for study options in Asia, the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong could just be the ideal choice.  The school offers BA and BSc in Creative Media, BAS New Media, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media and Ph.D./MPhil programmes

10. Lodz Film School

One of the oldest film schools in the world, Poland’s Lodz Film School is a one-stop solution for candidates seeking knowledge in film art, television, photography, and acting. Also known as the Polish National Film School in Lodz or Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television, and Theatre, the school has four departments – Film and Television Directing, Direction of Photography and Television Production, Acting and Film Art Organization. The school typically offers consolidated Masters programs lasting for 4- 5 years in areas such as Direction, Screenwriting and Acting. Tuition fee can range from 2000 to 6000 Euro per semester for Masters studies. The school also offers various part-time programs and Ph.D. studies in film, television and theatre specializations. As a foreign student without Polish language knowledge, you have to join a Polish language class since the language of instruction is entirely Polish.

For those students wanting to enhance their skills in India ONLY the following are the reputable Film Varsities in India.

There are many more film schools than those listed below, but they are not recommended at present. However education is a dynamic field and many institutions can come up with time

1. Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

Since I have taught here, I also know first hand that the quality of learning is experentially the best. National Film Archives is just next door and they have some kind of collaboration with FTII. Students have access to India’s largest video archives here. Established in 1960 by the Government of India, the institution has its campus on the erstwhile premises of the Prabhat Film Company in Pune. The FTII offers 11 post graduate diploma programmes across a number of specializations in both film and television. One would recommend Screen Writing for Film TV & Web Series, which is probably the best in India. Also Cinematography would give access to students professional equipment

2. Satyajit Ray Films and Television Institute, Kolkata

SRFTI is a Sister Institution of FTII. In fact FTII faculty keep visiting that institution as Visiting or Guest Faculty. So their Film Making Courses are identical and are recommended as highly as FTII. However EDM is one area where they have adopted Leading Edge Technology. Films, in 2016 faced a decline in its two main market segments – domestic theatricals and cable & satellite rights. However, digital ‘versioning’ has emerged as a new vertical. Home video saw a decline too. With the above scenario in mind, it is a boon to get trained in Electronic and Digital Media at SRFTI, where hands-on training using state of the art equipment will strengthen the creative process of potential content creators of the future. They have many courses where our Design Graduates will be able to get industry connect if the do PG there

I would recommend Electronic & Digital Media Management course there because not many institutions are offering courses in this.

3. L V Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai

This was a great Institution in the yester years, but after its very famous lab closed and with the departure of Hariharan Krishna the energy of the institution has ebbed a little.

4. National Institute of Design, Ahemdabad.

5. AJK, Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi

Here too I have taught. It was a very good institution for Documentary films, but now it has got into a phase of uncertainity

6. Whistling Woods International, Mumbai.

Very Expensive. However, advantage of doing PGD here is that it is in Mumbai and has a direct connect with Film Industry.

7. Department of Media Studies, Christ University

8. Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication.

It’s more of a communication institution useful if a student wants to join a Media House


Manohar Khushalani

Prof. Manohar Khushalani is a former Visiting Faculty at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. The courses he taught were: Animation & Graphics, Non-Linear Editing for Film and Radio and Theatre Appreciation.  He has won a total of nine Excellence in Teaching awards for all the courses he has taught at IIITD Earlier he retired from Government of India as Director Environment Management, Central Water Commission and held many senior positions in the Government Based on a Belief that Culture and Environment are the two keys to global sustainability , Manohar Khushalani has launched two portals: A Portal on Environment and Water called One Vorld at url: and two Ezines on Culture called Stage Buzz at url: He has taught extensively in varied subjects such as Dam Safety, Instrumentation, CAD, IT, Animation, Theatre, Newspaper Editing. He has conducted Courses on Environment Management, Water Shed Development, Team Building and Personality Development. He is an Expert Member of Prasar Bharti’s Committee for Grading & Short listing Films for Telecast on all channels of Doordarshan.  He is a Radio Anchor for All India Radio and has moderated several programs for the Rajdhani Channel He is a well-known Theatre Actor/Director and Critic, has been involved in theatre since 1977. He has worked as an actor in over 50 plays with almost every leading director/Actor in the Country including Badal Sircar, Feisal Alkazi, Amal Allana, M.K. Raina, Anuradha Kapoor, Maya Rao, Manohar Singh, Prasanna, Rati Bartholomew and Sushmita Mukherji. He has been active in the social sector as a street theatre activist. As a member of Workshop Theatre, Theatre Union and Prayog, Khushalani has participated in street plays taking up major social issues such as dowry, bride burning, Sati, banned medicinal drugs and communalism. Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, both directed by him, received rave notices from critics and audiences alike. Other plays directed by him include Badal Sircar’s, Sagina Mahato and Boris Vian’s Empire Builders for Ruchika Theatre Group. Khushalani has also acted in a few films such as Sudhir Mishra's Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi , Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café and Pradeep Krishan's Annie Gives Those Ones. He is an Animator & Graphics Designer and has directed a number of documentaries. He also held a number of Honorary positions and was President of North India Films Association, He was the Chairman of  Jury for UGC CEC Educational Films Competition and has been on their Preview Committee since last many years. He was on the preview committee of Door Darshan Channel 3, was a visiting Professor at National School of Drama, New Delhi, and Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, AJKMCRR, Jamia Milia Islamia and Professor in Media at FICT, Delhi  He has judged a large number of Drama Competitions and conducted a number of Theatre / Management Games Workshops with Institutions such as AIIMS, NTPC, CWPRS, NWA, Karve Nari Prakshishan Sansthan, FICT, IIT, MAMC, Gargi College, KNC, Tagore International School and Vivekananda School. He is a Theatre Critic for IIC Diary, has also been a Columnist with Midday and Pioneer Daily and wrote Column's Called Culture Cocktail and Footlights Respectively. He was also the Guest Editor for an issue on Folk Theatre of ICCR Journal Horizons. He has written for Times of Indian, Hindustan Times, Blitz, Hard News, Hindu Business Line, Theatre India & Art Times. He has designed dams and hydraulic structures for the Government. He is a programmer and has developed Engineering design software in Fortran. He is a co-author of Irrigation Practice & Design (Vol 1 to5 - 1500 pages) published by Oxford & IBH and sponsored by National Book Trust. He has been a Director, Environment and Sociology, at the National Water Academy, Khadakwasla and Director, Environment Management Directorate, Central Water Commission and Member Secretary, National Environmental Monitoring Committee for River Valley Projects. He was also Director of Instrumentation Directorate in the Dam Safety Organisation. He was Chief General Manager and Head of Water Resources at Scott Wilson and is an accredited consultant with numerous other organizations He is a Delhi Public School, BITS Pilani, IIT Delhi and FTI Pune Alumini. He was also the President of BITS Pilani Alumni Association, Pune.

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