Venaktesh Chakravarthy


Starting his career as a production executive in the Hindi film industry and as an assistant director & co-script writer in Tamil and Malayalam cinema, he started teaching at the Film & Television Institute of Tamilnadu from 1983-1987. In 1988 he played a key role in designing the first Bachelor’s Degree Course in Visual Communication in the region which was launched by Loyola College, Chennai, in 1989. After various assignments with some of the leading production houses he went to Malaysia to teach the first post graduate course in Screen Studies in that region at the Science University of Malaysia, Penang from 1999-2002.

On his return, he wrote a critically acclaimed play Mirror, which has been performed in theatre festivals and workshops in India and Abroad. In 2005 he worked as the Executive Producer of an Indian English feature film Framed which was written and directed by Chetan Shah and produced by Rawfilm. This was followed by his critically acclaimed documentary feature, Chennai: The Split City in 2006, following which he worked as a Senior Faculty member at the Mindscreen Film Institute founded by the ace cinematographer, Rajiv Menon.

In 2008, it is with his well researched curriculum design that the Ramanaidu Film School was founded by Suresh Productions at Hyderabad, where he served as the Dean of the School and the Professor & Head of the Department of Direction & Screenwriting till joining L.V.Prasad Film & TV Academy in July 2014.