Banijay Asia believes in taking risks, innovating, pushing boundaries and having fun while doing all this. The team includes the best hustlers with a hunger to learn and do more.

Deepak Dhar

Founder and CEO

Deepak Dhar is the man credited with being the key driving force behind content production in India. Starting his career as senior producer at MTV, he went on to work with Star TV and then moved to Endemol India in 2006. Within a span of 3 years he was promoted to MD and CEO of Endemol Shine India. He stepped down as managing director of EndemolShine India in December 2017 and was instrumental in helping the company grow across the film, television and digital units, with more than 250 shows and 10,000 plus hours of programming. His long career also includes leadership roles to drive content strategies at Star TV, Channel V and MTV.

Shyam Rathi

EVP & Head - Finance, Strategy, Legal and HR

Finance and Corporate Strategy professional with over 7 years of experience in Media and Entertainment Industry, Shyam has worked in numerous content based organisations.
He had developed and executed strategies and plans to fulfill business objectives with bottom-line impact in some of the biggest content giants in India like Sony Pictures Networks, Endemol Shine, CA Media, etc. He is a True problem-solver and ``Big Picture`` thinker in all aspects of his professional life.

Mrinalini Jain

Executive Vice President - Business & Content

With over 7 years of experience in the content space, panning over feature films, Ad films, branded content and digital, Mrinalini forte lies in Creative content production.
She has developed and executed projects with some of the biggest production houses in India like Emmay Entertainment, Dharma Productions, Phantom Films, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Good Morning films, and most recently at Chernin Asia Media.
She has been closely involved with setting up shoots in multiple parts of the world in the fiction as well as non-fiction space.
From pitch to development, she is highly capable of bringing to life just a fleeting thought of an idea.

Girish Balan

EVP - Commercial & Production - Non Scripted

Girish K Balan, started his career from Mumbai working in Channel V (Star Tv) in the year 2002. After gaining 5 years of work experience joined Sony Tv and managed shoots for MAX, SAB AND PIX at profitable budgets for 2 years. His expertise is constantly sought after in media. He also gained experience working for for BIGG BOSS -3 at Endemol India Pvt Ltd. He has worked with ASIAN TOUR MEDIA (Singapore), TRANS WORLD SPORT and IMG SPORT MEDIA. In the year 2011, he joined *Colosceum Media Pvt Ltd as Vice President, production and operation and gained further more work knowledge.
Presently he is working with Banijay Asia as Senior Vice President,2018.
Girish is an astute and result oriented professional with rich experiences of over 20years in Television, Sports as well as Films. He is a keen planner and well versed with team building. An effective communicator with analytical, problem solving and organizational abilities. Like listening to music and he is a fitness freak.

Rajesh Chadha

Executive Vice President and Business Head – Scripted

A media veteran with an exemplary career spanning over 27 years in the M&E industry, Rajesh has spearheaded projects at prominent companies like Endemol, BBC Studios and RBNL. Leading the content execution for the award winning OTT series - Criminal Justice and Out of Love at BBC Studios, he was also involved in Ajay Devgn’s digital debut, Rudra and Guilt & Press in early 2022.
At Banijay Asia, Rajesh is responsible for developing the scripted slate for Banijay Asia.

Khuzema Haveliwala

Creative Director

Khuzema is experience in both Scripted and Non-Scripted programming as the Director/Creative Director for over 11 years.
Life Mein Ek Baar on Fox Life, Coke Studio and Unplugged for MTV India and the more recent Comicstaan on Amazon Prime are some of the Non-scripted shows that he has enjoyed the most to be a part of. Heroes on Channel V was the first scripted show where he was nominated in the Best Director Category at the Indian Television Academy Awards (ITA) while directing Swim Team which was one of the longest running scripted format (246 episodes) made him win the hearts of India’s youth. Niche Programming, developing and directing content for the Youth is what catches Khuzema's interest the most and, of course, juggling between Scripted and Non-scripted has always nurtured his skills and given him a more holistic view on the craft we do.

Karan Devsharan Bhatia

Creative Director

From inquisitive beginnings on linear TV in 2008 to leading projects for OTT, Karan has been a part of content evolution in the Unscripted Vertical for the last 14 years.
His vision is to create engaging Interactive content that brings an exciting change in viewing habits of the consumer.
From creating a pitch with a seed of thought till delivering the show on air, both development & execution are his strengths.
Across his career, Karan has tapped into various genres such as Reality TV, Sports, Comedy, Adventure, Food, Dating etc. and has gained expertise for adapting international formats like Master-chef, Fear Factor, Bigg Brother, Ice Road Truckers, and creating original content with successful shows like Mission Frontline (Winner 26th Asian Television Awards – Best Infotainment) , Comicstaan, Arrived, Into the wild with Bear Grylls , Taste Match (Winner 22nd Asian Television Awards – Best Talk Show) for the Indian Market.
Having been with Banijay Asia since its inception in 2018, Karan has earned a reputation for being someone who brings new dynamics into broadcasts, remains in-tune with current trends & viewer interests.

Kunal Chandna

Creative Director

When not up to speeding things and getting things in place on the sets, Kunal's bio would read: Gamer. Chiller. Foodie. Logic-seeker.
With over nine years of experience in various capacities - namely Senior Creative & Reality Producer, Creative Director and Project Head - his expertise lies in creating non-fiction shows from scratch. From Love School, Troll Police, Roar Of The Lion with MSD and Myntra Fashion Superstar, and Survivor (Tamil), among others, he loves seeing his efforts come to life, one shot at a time.
An effortless storyteller, he is great at multitasking. He can beat you in a game of poker while simultaneously muttering popular & obscure movie dialogues.

Garima Singh

AVP - Digital & PR

With over 8 years of experience in the digital world, Garima is generally found sipping her coffee and keeping up with everything on the internet, spanning from social media trends, to what Elon Musk is tweeting. A black coffee connoisseur and a Potterhead, she is passionate about leveraging the power of digital to create remarkable difference and have fun while doing so.
Having worked on the digital assets of the biggest Bollywood celebrities in the country like Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, etc, she comes with a unique experience of creating a brand with larger than life personalities. With a creative acumen spanning digital bite sized content as well as non fiction OTT shows, she operates at the perfect intersection of digital, creative production and impactful communication.