People Behind The ITA

Anu Ranjan


The Crystal-gazer!

Anu Ranjan, affectionately known as “The Crystal-gazer,” possesses an innate ability to foresee trends and anticipate the next big thing in the world of entertainment. With her keen insight and visionary approach, she has continually pushed boundaries and set new standards, earning her a reputation as a trendsetter and industry maven. Whether launching groundbreaking initiatives, spearheading social movements, or captivating audiences as a host, Anu’s foresight and intuition have made her an indispensable figure in the ever-evolving landscape of television and beyond.

Serving as the President of The Indian Television Academy (ITA), initiated a movement on July 18, 2001, that reshaped the landscape of Indian television. The establishment of The ITA heralded a significant milestone, uniting and energizing the entire TV industry under one expansive umbrella. This visionary endeavor not only fostered camaraderie and collaboration but also served as a catalyst for innovation and excellence within the realm of Indian television.

Following her groundbreaking achievements, Anu Ranjan embarked on yet another milestone endeavor in 2001, introducing the annual Indian Television Academy Awards. This pioneering initiative marked the first-ever comprehensive recognition of excellence within the realm of Indian television. Now in its 24th year, the awards continue to stand as a testament to her unwavering commitment to honoring and rewarding the outstanding contributions made on the vibrant canvas of Indian television.

With a grand inauguration marked by splendor and flair, they unveiled GR8 TV Magazine in August 2003, setting a new standard in television journalism. As the world’s only television glossy, its arrival heralded a significant milestone, fostering unity and coherence within the entire TV industry. This pioneering publication became a cornerstone, seamlessly weaving together the diverse threads of the television landscape, and providing a platform for celebration, critique, and collaboration.

She established the GR8 Women Achievers’ Awards which have become a momentous annual occasion that celebrates Indian Womanhood in all it’s glory in India and in the Middle East, which celebrated 20 glorious years in India and Middle East.

A significant milestone achievement in her multifaceted career with the launch of the “BETI Association-Charity for Women”, a poignant social movement aimed at combating the grave issues of female foeticide, promoting education for girls, and providing crucial assistance to victims of acid attacks and rape. This initiative stands as a beacon of hope and empowerment, striving to raise awareness and spark meaningful change in the lives of countless women and girls across India.

The dynamic host of the reality show “Reel or Real with Anu”, recently celebrated the successful completion of its 9th season, streamed exclusively on Facebook. With each season, Anu continues to captivate audiences with her engaging personality and insightful discussions, offering viewers a unique glimpse into the glamorous yet real world of entertainment. As the show continues to evolve and resonate with audiences worldwide, Anu remains dedicated to delivering compelling content that entertains, educates, and inspires.

As a tireless advocate for women’s empowerment and a visionary leader in the Indian television industry, Anu Ranjan continues to inspire change and make a meaningful impact. With her unwavering dedication to social causes and commitment to excellence, she serves as a beacon of hope and progress. As she looks towards the future, Anu remains steadfast in her mission to uplift others and create a more inclusive society. Join her journey and be part of the positive change she’s championing.

As Anu Ranjan aptly puts it, ‘Together, we can make a difference’. Thank you for being a part of this inspiring journey.

Shashi Ranjan


The Marathon Man!

Shashi Ranjan, fondly known as “The Marathon Man”, embodies the epitome of resilience, determination, and endurance in every facet of his life. Throughout his journey, he has conquered countless obstacles and achieved extraordinary feats, earning widespread admiration and respect. His unwavering commitment to excellence is evident in his endeavors, whether in navigating the complexities of the entertainment industry or advocating for important social causes. As a true trailblazer, he relentlessly pursues his goals, inspiring others to reach for greatness and overcome challenges with grace and determination. His indomitable spirit serves as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us all that with dedication and perseverance, anything is possible.

His journey in entertainment began at the prestigious Film & TV Institute of India in Pune, where he immersed himself in the world of cinema, gaining invaluable insights and shaping his artistic vision. From there, he embarked on a versatile career, showcasing his talents in acting across Hindi, Punjabi, and Haryanvi films. Transitioning seamlessly into production and direction, he brought compelling narratives to life, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. His journey epitomizes relentless pursuit of artistic expression and commitment to captivating storytelling.

Shashi Ranjan stands as the co-founder of The Indian Television Academy, alongside his partner Anu Ranjan. This visionary endeavor represents a pioneering movement of monumental significance, aimed at unifying and invigorating the entire television industry under one expansive umbrella. Through the Indian Television Academy, they have created a platform that celebrates excellence, fosters collaboration, and propels the industry forward into new realms of creativity and innovation. Their tireless efforts have played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of Indian television, leaving an enduring legacy that continues to inspire and empower countless individuals within the industry.


Director, Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust of India:

Shashi Ranjan’s illustrious career extends beyond the realm of entertainment, encompassing diverse fields of influence. Serving as a Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust of India, he brought his leadership and strategic acumen to bear on critical matters related to port management and infrastructure development.

Directorship of Maharashtra Chalchitra Nigam (Film City, Mumbai)

His influence in the realm of cinema extends to his directorship at Maharashtra Chalchitra Nigam, the entity overseeing Film City, Mumbai. In this pivotal role, Shashi contributed to the development and management of one of India’s most iconic hubs for film and television production. Under his guidance, Maharashtra Chalchitra Nigam played a crucial role in nurturing and promoting the vibrant culture of filmmaking in Mumbai, facilitating the creation of countless cinematic masterpieces. His leadership ensured that Film City remained at the forefront of the Indian entertainment industry, providing state-of-the-art infrastructure and resources to filmmakers and artists alike. His tenure as Director reflects his unwavering dedication to advancing the interests of the film community and bolstering Mumbai’s status as the heart of Indian cinema.

Academy Council of the Film & TV Institute of India

His commitment to the advancement of film and television education and training is further demonstrated by his involvement in the Academy Council of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). As a member of this esteemed council, Shashi contributed his expertise and insights to shape the curriculum, policies, and direction of one of India’s premier institutions for film and television education. His dedication to nurturing talent and fostering excellence in the next generation of filmmakers and media professionals underscores his enduring impact on the industry. His role on the Academy Council highlights his ongoing commitment to the development and promotion of film and television education in India.

President of GRAFTII

His leadership extends to his role as the President of GRAFTII comprising graduates of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). In this capacity, he provides strategic direction and advocacy for the interests and welfare of FTII alumni. GRAFTII serves as a platform for networking, collaboration, and professional development, fostering a sense of community among FTII graduates and promoting their contributions to the Indian film and television industries. His presidency reflects his dedication to supporting and empowering fellow alumni as they navigate their careers and continue to make impactful contributions to the world of cinema and beyond.

National Awards Jury Member

Has had the esteemed privilege of serving on the National Awards Jury not once, but twice, underscoring his expertise and esteemed reputation in the realm of Indian cinema. His appointment to this prestigious role speaks volumes about his discerning eye for cinematic excellence and his deep understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking. As a jury member, Shashi played a pivotal role in recognizing and celebrating the outstanding achievements of filmmakers across the country, contributing to the preservation and promotion of India’s rich cinematic heritage. His invaluable contributions to the National Awards Jury highlight his enduring commitment to upholding the highest standards of quality and creativity in Indian cinema.

Recipient of Haryana Samman [Art & Culture] & Member of the Academy Council of the Film & TV Institute of Rohtak Haryana

His contributions to art and culture have been recognized and honored by the Government of Haryana through the prestigious Haryana Samman for Art & Culture. Bestowed upon him by the esteemed former Chief Minister Ch. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, this accolade underscores Shashi’s significant impact on the cultural landscape of the state.
Furthermore, his dedication to film and television education extends to his membership in the Academy Council of the Film & Television Institute of Rohtak, Haryana. In this role, he has played a key part in shaping the institute’s educational programs, policies, and overall direction, furthering the development of talent and fostering excellence in the field of media and entertainment within Haryana.

In conclusion, Shashi Ranjan stands as a multifaceted luminary whose contributions span the realms of entertainment, education, and cultural enrichment.

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