Dr. CHANDRASHEKHAR JOSHI has enjoyed a versatile career in cinema as a film critic, researcher and teacher.
Being the recipient of a Ph. D. degree for his thesis on Creative and Sociological Aspects of Hindi Noir Films, he has served the Film and Television Institute of India for 36 years in different capacities, including Film Research Officer, Media Officer, Head - Prabhat Film Museum, and Film Production Assistant. He has closely monitored more than 22 productions of the Film Wing students from 2003 to 2005. He has also helped many students develop their projects as short films and documentaries.
He has performed in folk performing arts in around 100 stage shows and performed in one-act and full-length Marathi plays, like ‘Ajab Nyaya Vartulacha’ (An adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ by C. T. Khanolkar), ‘Ashwamedh’ (A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ by Ratnakar Matakari), and ‘Kamala’ (Vijay Tendulkar).
Besides that, his profile includes:
Writing a book on legendary Marathi filmmaker, Raja Paranjape, that was published in 2009 by the National Film Archive of India, Pune. The book is now featured in an annotated Rights Catalogue of selected books on Indian Cinema by the National Book Trust, New Delhi.
Being selected and participating as one of the only three participants throughout Asia for the 2nd Asian Film Professionals' Training Program organized by the Korean Film Council at Seoul in 2007.
Teaching Film Appreciation, Understanding Cinema, Scriptwriting, Evolution of Cinema, and other aspects of cinema to Mass Communication students, including master's degree course students of different Universities throughout India.
Performing as a member of the jury for the 2nd Kolhapur International Film Festival, 2013 , for the 1st and 2nd Rising International Short Film Festival, 2015 and 2016, Pune and also at the Indapur National Short Film Festival, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He is also a member for the ImagineIndia International Film Festival, Spain in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Dr. Joshi turned filmmaker with the script and direction of his short film, The Chase, made in 2020. The Chase is about the awakening of the male conscience regarding sexual violence against women.