Children's Film Society India was founded soon after India's independence by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, whose affection for children is well known. Pandit Nehru established CFSI with the hope that indigenous and exclusive cinema for children would stimulate their creativity, compassion and critical thinking.
CFSI started functioning in 1955 as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru as President. CFSI's maiden production Jaldeep won the first prize for best Children's Film at the 1957 Venice Film Festival. Since then CFSI has continued to produce, exhibit and distribute quality content for children: from feature films, shorts, animations to television episodes and documentaries.
Over the years some of the brightest talents of Indian Cinema – Mrinal Sen, Satyen Bose, Tapan Sinha, K Abbas, Shyam Benegal, MS Sathyu, Sai Paranjpe, Budhdhadeb Dasgupta, Santosh Sivan, Ram Mohan, Rituparno Ghosh and Pankaj Advani to name a few – have directed films for us. They are joined by many other new and imaginative film-makers who have created some of the most delightful children's content in the country.
CFSI promotes films that provide healthy and wholesome entertainment for children to broaden their perspective and encourage them to reflect on the world around. With an enviable catalogue of 250 films in 10 different languages, CFSI remains the prime producer of children's films in South Asia. We also organise film screenings across the country, reaching out to approximately four million children annually.
CFSI is committed to strengthening the children's film movement within India and promoting Indian produced children's films across the globe.
Mukesh Khanna after graduating in science & law from Mumbai University studied art & science of Film acting from FTII Pune with fellow Indian actors Naseeruddin Shah and Shakti Kapoor.
He has distinguished himself not only as a successful actor having given memorable performances in more than 100 Feature Films and over 25 T.V. Serials but also as a successful producer. His most outstanding performances are the role of Bheeshm Pitamah in MAHABHARAT, a Serial by B.R.Chopra and as SHAKTIMAAN. The First Indian Super Hero in his home production, who has become an Icon for children all over India.
Experienced in the Business of producing Feature Films, TV Serials, AD Films, & Corporate Films, he has produced 450 Episodes of the TV Serials SHAKTIMAAN dubbed in Tamil, Telegu, Malyalam, Oriya & Bhojpuri. His home production Bheeshm International has also produced another Super Hero Serial Aryamaan and a daily Soap Soutela
Having the Knowledge of State Of The Art Post Production facility he has latest Editing Suites, Dubbing & Graphics studios.
In 2007, he participated in a child development project funded by the government with Shaktimaan as brand, which targeted at preventing malnutrition and mother-child mortality rate, anemia in girls and health awareness.
Mukesh Khanna has an acting school in Agra and plans to open in Pune and many other cities.
Plans to create more Presence of Children's Films by CFSI through releases in Theaters & Internet.
“When you do something for others, rather than yourself, things will happen in a way you will relish”, believes IRS officer Shravan Kumar. He staunchly feels that when values form the core of everything you do, you always remain grounded no matter how high you rise. He hopes to lend this aspiration to his job as the CEO of CFSI.
Having joined the Indian Revenue service in 1991, Shravan Kumar went on to work as Assistant / Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi, PS to Union Minister of State for Agro and Rural Industries, Jt. / Addl. Commissioner of Income Tax in Patna and till recently as Addl. Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai.
His posting at CFSI was a welcome appointment for him and he is looking forward to bringing about positive changes in the administrative and commercial affairs of the organisation. His objective is to reach the targeted audience in minimum amount of time with optimum resources, giving children’s cinema wider visibility within and outside the country.
A student of history and anthropology with a PhD in Modern Indian History, Shravan Kumar has the cause of CFSI (of providing healthy wholesome entertainment to children) close to his heart as he is involved with education activities for rural children in Bihar through a Trust he set up in the memory of his late father. Being familiar with the dynamics of working for the welfare of children, he feels, will be of advantage in understanding the market for children’s cinema.
Always a topper through school and college, Shravan Kumar exudes confidence and plans to set realistic targets and then achieve them, giving impetus to the children’s film movement. “Change has to be perceptible for all stakeholders to start believing in the cause, the change then happens swiftly.”