Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The students of Whistling Woods International were in for a lovely surprise when they were told that Film Industry legend, B R Chopra would be interacting with them about his experiences in the entertainment business on his 93rd birthday. Mr. Chopra was joined at the institute by his son, renowned filmmaker Mr. Ravi Chopra and other members of his family. He planted a tree at Whistling Woods to symbolize the knowledge and wisdom he was about to impart to the students.
The students were shown scenes from a number of his films which included clips from his songless thriller Kanoon, his ground breaking court-drama Insaf Ka Tarazu, the black and white classic Naya Daur and his mega-serial Mahabharat. The other films directed by him include Nikaah, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Humraaz and Gumraah. For his achievement in film, Mr. Chopra was conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1998. The WWI students presented him with a book on Buddha and a shawl and in return Mr. Chopra presented them a signed copy of a series of books on The Mahabharat.
Commenting on his visit to Whistling Woods International, Subhash Ghai, Chairman, Mukta Arts Limited, said, "B.R. Chopra is one of the those legends who has gone beyond a veteran film maker and a great story teller in Hindi Cinema when he serialized the retelling of the Indian epic 'Mahabharat' to millions of Indians who knew about the epic but not in the detail that influences lives. His Mahabharat influenced people of India in all walks of life...he revolutionized Indian TV with a new look and new content. He has always been my source of inspiration in the art of story telling through his variety of themes and issues on screen since my school days and it's a great honour for all of us at Whistling Woods to honour him on his 93rd birthday".
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