Arindam Chaudhuri is an Indian economist, management guru and the Honorary Dean of the Indian Institute of Planning and Management. He is the founder of the Planman group of companies and the charity The Great Indian Dream Foundation. He is the son of Dr. Malayendra Kisor Chaudhuri, who founded the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) in 1973. He received his Post Graduate Diploma in Planning and Entrepreneurship from IIPM in 1992, and was awarded the Academic Gold Medal. He later became the Honorary Dean for the IIPM Centre for Economic Research and Advanced Studies.
In 2002, Arindam Chaudhuri founded the charity, Great Indian Dream Foundation (GIDF). As per GIDF, it works in over three hundred villages in rural India to achieve its objectives of universal education and employment and eradicating poverty, according to its website. GIDF is a developmental organization with a difference. With focus on education, health and employment, today, GIDF supports developmental activities in 18,000 villages across various states in India wherein it runs primary schools, medical camps and medical vans, supports low cost open heart surgeries, does developmental and employment generation work through varied activities like donating sewing machines to building of check water dams, toilets, schools etc. Cricketing Icon Sachin Tendulkar has supported GIDF activities by lending his endorsement in GIDF ads and campaigns.
Professor Chaudhuri is the honorary Director of the IIPM Think Tank at IIPM. In numerous surveys IIPM has been ranked amongst the top 10 B-schools in India, under Professor Chaudhuri's guidance. IIPM is ranked No.1 in India in global exposure and is typically ranked specifically high in the industry interface category of B-school rankings in India.
In 2001 he launched Planman Motion Pictures: A fully dedicated production and communications venture. Planman Motion Pictures' first film, a Bengali venture called Saanjhbathir Roopkathara (Strokes & Silhouettes) received numerous awards and got selected in more than 12 International Film Festival worldwide including being selected as one of the 7 outstanding international movies of the year at London Film Festival 2002. He also directed a Hindi feature film ‘Rok Sako To Rok Lo’ in the year 2004. In the year 2006 Planman Motion Pictures FALTU won the National Award for the best feature film in the family welfare category. In the year 2007 Planman Motion Pictures 'Dosor' got selected at the prestigious CANNES FILM FESTIVAL & its lead actor Prosenjit Chatterjee got the National Award for his performance in Dosor. In 2007 itself, 'The Last Lear' starring the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, Shefali Shah & Priety Zinta got selected for the GALA section - the red carpet center-piece event of the Toronto Film Festival. The Last Lear also got selected at the prestigious ROME & LONDON Film festivals and went on to win the prestigious National Award for the best feature film in English '07 and the STAR-SCREN Award for the best feature film in English for the year 2008. In 2008 he again produced a movie ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ starring Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, which was yet again a critically acclaimed movie and has achieved good responses from audiences.
His book 'Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch' fetched him the highest ever advance for a non-fiction work in India and created a new benchmark in India by selling more than 1,00,000 copies in record time! It has been in all national best seller lists from the first week of inception, till date. His Last book "Discover the Diamond in You" for which he again got an unprecedented advance, also became a runaway best seller, selling 1, 00,000 copies in the first ten days itself!
At the age of 28, in the year 2000, Prof. Chaudhuri was awarded "Management Guru 2000 Award" by Chennai based Om Venkatesa Society which annually honors management experts. In May 2003 Prof. Chaudhuri was awarded the "Personality of the Decade Award" by K.G.Foundation, Coimbatore. This prestigious award had been received in the past by Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Mrs. Sudha Murthy & Dr. Chritian Bernard. On 14th February 2004 he was awarded the ‘Example to the Youth Award’ by the Rotaract Council in Chennai. In 2004 at the age of 32 he was selected as an advisor to the consultative committee to the Planning Commission of India in the areas of education and social sector. On 2nd Sept.'08, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri received the National Award from the president of India for The Best Feature Film in the Family Welfare category for the year 2006 for his film FALTU. On 21st Oct.'09, Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri received the National Award from the President of India for The Best Feature Film in English for the year 2007 for his film THE LAST LEAR which starred Amitabh Bachchan in a memorable role of an aging Shakespearean stage actor.