By: Praveen Lance Fernandes, IndiaFM
Saturday, March 17, 2007
A.R. Rahman inaugurated the on campus state of the art film and TV studios and the sound recording rooms at the Subhash Ghai run film school Whistling Woods International.
Speaking on the occasion Rahman spoke on how fortunate the students of the school were. "When I was 11, I wanted to go to Berklee College of music but couldn't go there. I was forced to be with 50 year olds who wouldn't be really serious. But now students have an option of learning specialized fields from here and it is one of the finest film schools in the world", said Rahman.
Rang De Basanti director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra was also present at the occasion. "When I was shooting for Rang De Basanti in Film City, Whistling Woods was under construction. I used to come here during lunch breaks and I could feel the positive vibes here", said the director.
Chairman Subhash Ghai too had a lot to say about the school, "Our idea is to provide the best facilities to our students to train them in the latest technology that is being used for film-making today. At Whistling Woods, we combine creativity and hard work with cutting edge, state of the art technology to get the best out of our students."
Also present at the occasion were director duo Abbas-Mustan, Manmohan Shetty, Rang De Basanti writer Kamlesh Pandey and director Vishal Bharadwaj.
Bharadwaj who was shooting for his short film on AIDS titled Blood Brothers on the campus of the school with Oscar winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro was also felicitated at the occasion.
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