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.

Rishi Negi


A seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in hospitality, entertainment and retail, Rishi's forte lies in getting things done. Over the years, he has been associated with brands such as the Taj Group of hotels, Emerald Asia Media, Fame India limited among others. He is responsible for commercials, strategies and finance along with production operations.

Shyam Rathi

Head-Finance & Strategy

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

Creative Producer

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.

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.

Srikanth Prabhala

Creative Producer- Non Scripted

A Symbiosis Institute Of Mass Communication (SIMC) alumni, with experience panning almost 18 years in content development and production, Srikanth’s forte lies in effective creative planning and execution.
From crime shows (Zee News Crime Files), music (Indian Idol), reality television (Bigg Boss, Big Switch), adventure (Fear Factor-Khatron Ke Khiladi), comedy (Comicstaan-Amazon Prime), sports reality (Cricket Star), game shows (Deal or No Deal) to feature films (Black Friday, Aamir), he has consciously ventured into a diverse variety of content and successfully executed them.
Srikanth who has worked with Media houses like Miditech, UTV, Endemol Shine India Pvt Limited in the past is now an integral part of Team Banijay Asia and has a key role in development, pre-production and execution of all content.

Partha Thakur

Creative Producer - Scripted And Non Scripted

Partha comes with over 19 years of Television Programming, Ad Films & Films experience across some of the biggest production houses in India such as Searchlight Motion Pictures, Miditech Productions, Wizcraft International, Optymistix Entertainment, Sol Productions and Essel Vision Productions. He has produced and creatively executed over 7,500 hours of television programming across broadcasters and shot extensively in India, South Africa, South East Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Some of his successful Television brand associations over multiple seasons as a Creative Director/Series Producer include Indian Idol, Fame Gurukul, Saregamapa, Dance India Dance, Nach Baliye, Entertainment ke liye kuch bhi karega, IIFA Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Commonwealth Games, Dare To Dance, Zee Rishtey Awards, Zee Cine Awards Star Parivaar Awards, Global Indian Music Awards, NDTV Live Telethon, etc.

Prior to Banijay Asia, he was Head of Non Fiction Programming at Essel Vision Productions Limited for three years.

Girish Balan

Senior Vice President

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.

Praver Awal

Creative Producer - Scripted & Non Scripted

Praver comes with an experience of over 15 years in the media industry, having produced content of more than 10 thousand hours. He has worked in various roles as Director, Business head, Executive producer, Creative producer and Show runner. Starting his career in general entertainment and then successfully venturing into niche and youth programming, he has worked with some of the biggest production houses in India, Endemol Shine India, where he was the Business Head - Youth, Niche & Digital. He is currently working with Banijay as the Senior Vice President - Scripted and non scripted.
In his teenage years, Praver spent the better part of his time as a Cricketer, handling the captaincy of the Delhi Under 15 Cricket Team, where he gained leadership and management abilities at a very early age.
He then went on to become a professional Drummer performing in over 1000 Live shows, an experience that helped him develop his artistic and creative side.
Praver is an all-rounder juggling between Scripted and Non-scripted formats, constantly nurturing his skillset and getting a more holistic grip on his craft. His keen ability to understand client needs has made him a very popular amongst his clients.
He is now mainly focusing on scripted content, such as ‘Hostages’, ‘Parchhayee’ by Ruskin Bond, ‘Swim team’ and more. He has also worked on some of the popular niche shows on Indian Television, such as ‘Masters of taste’ by Gary Mehigan. ‘Life Mei Ek Baar’, ‘Big Switch’ and ‘Emotional Attyachaar’.
His continuous endeavour is to give the audience quality content that is fresh and outside of the box.