MEDIA & KARGIL

The faculty and the students of AAFT assembled to pay their homage to the martyrs of Kargil conflict. Lt. General P. D. Bhargava, PVSM (Retd.) who was present on this occasion said that Kargil situation had been created due to the void in the system as also due to the constant neglect of the armed forces. Subsequently a seminar chaired by Ms. Malti Sahay, Director, Directorate of Film Festival, Government of India, in which Ms. Vineeta Deepak, Producer Associated Press Television; Col. P.N. Khera, former head: PTI Television; Mr. Prem Chand Arya, Veteran journalist and former head of doordarshan news and Mr. Harbhajan Singh , President, Association of Small & medium Newspapers participated, very interesting facts came to light. It was mentioned that the new generation television professionals covering the conflict has neither the experience nor the training for covering the war. The armed forces were somewhat unprepared to bear the kind of pressure exerted by hordes of media professionals descending in that area. It was also pointed out that the coverage of an armed conflict of the TV network of the country at war and that for the other networks can never be the same as the professional judgement the individual producer will be influenced by the policy of the network to which he or she may belong. It was mentioned that media professionals have to follow the code of conduct in such a situation as well as help keep up the morale of the public at large. The speakers agreed that the India media had indeed helped the nation establish its credibility and to win the war both at the battlefield and the diplomatic fronts.

BONEY KAPOOR AT ASIAN ACADEMY OF FILM & TELEVISION

The renowned Mumbai film producer Mr. Boney Kapoor recently released the report on the research project on children and television, conducted jointly by International Film & Television Research Centre (IFTRC) and Asian Academy of Film & Television (AAFT), under the supervision of international repute Dr. Mira B. Aghi & Prof. Sandeep Marwah. Mr. Boney Kapoor hoped that the report will be useful to the television producer and desired that studies of this nature should be continued to be undertaken in the future to help produce good films and healthy TV programme. Noted film director Mr. Ashok Tyagi was also present on this occasion.

ACTING COURSE by A.A.F.T. ATTRACTS BRITISH NATIONALS

Speaking in a closing ceremony of a special acting workshop conducted by AAFT Director Prof. Sandeep Marwah. The queen of innumerous hearts film star Sridevi said, “Acting is a passion.” This workshop was organised for those British nationals, who have been selected to act in a feature film. This film is being produced by the British Institute trained film director. Sridevi, who is connected to Asian Academy of Film & Television, took special interest in this acting workshop. She came especially from Mumbai & explained the finer points of acting to the foreign student artists. Sridevi also presented the certificates to these students.

RATING SYSTEM FOR EVALUATION OF TELEVISION PROGRAMME UNHELPFUL

Speaking at the valedictory function for twenty-fourth batch of electronic media trainees of Asian Academy of Film & Television, the renowned social scientist, communication researcher and currently director, Centre for Media Research, Dr. N. Bhaskara Rao said that the satellite television boom has created unprecedented demand for good programmes. He, however, felt that there is a dearth of trained and competent film & television professionals in the country. He said that the ‘rating – system’ for evaluating television programme is unsuitable as it has a crippling effect on the talent. Such a system tends to limit the potential of a creative person. He stressed the need for thoroughly researching the subject before converting it into a film or a television show. Dr. Bhaskara Rao mentioned that as of now about 61 % of adult Indians watch television. Earlier speaking on the occasion, Dr. Nafees Siddiqui, Principal of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi, said that dedication, hardwork and above all maintaining disciple are key to successful learning of any subject. He wished and hoped that the training in this world renowned institution will keep pace with the changing demand on the media professionals. Bidding farewell to about sixty students which included nationals of Botswana and Yemen, some other distinguished speakers and Director of AAFT, Prof. Sandeep Marwah wished good luck of the would be film and television professionals. The twenty fifth session of the academy will commence from 27 September 1999.

Rare Films Shown At 2nd Global Festival of Documentary Films 2009

International Film And Television Club {IFTC} a wing of Marwah Studios- a creative enterprises organized 2nd Global Festival Of Documentary Films from 20th to 22nd November 2009. This three days festival showcased some of the most outstanding, critically acclaimed and awarded films across the World.

The list of films included THE GARDEN directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, SUPER MAN OF MALEGAON directed by Ahmed Khan, WE ARE TOGETHER directed by Paul Taylor, FOR LOVE OF WATER directed by Irena Salina, MORALITY TV AUR LOVING JIHAD-EK MANOHAR KAHANI directed by Paromita Vohra, SMILE PINKY directed by Megan Mylan, WORK IN PROGRESS directed by Krishnendu Bose, ANDHERI directed by Sushrut Jain, TEXTURE OF OUR SOUL directed by Deepak Gera, FLOATING LAMP OF THE SHADOW VALLEY directed by Rajesh S.Jala, BEGINNING FILMMAKING directed by Rosenblatt, THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN directed by Dilip Mehta, HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTOR directed by Paresh Mokashi and ROUGH AUNTIES directed by Kim Longinotto.

The second segment was for short films. More than 90 films have been received from 27 countries in the competition. Three best films have been awarded with Rs 50000/- prize.”We had footfall of more than 3000 people in three days which has not only made the event successful but encouraged us to start preparing for the festval for 2010.” said Sandeep Marwah, Festival President.”I am thankful to my all teams of AAFT,ASMS,ABS and AAFT School of Graphics and Animation for their sincere efforts.” added Marwah.

R N Lakhotia Released book at Marwah Studios

Mr. Sandeep Marwah ,Sanjeev Wadhawan & R .N. Lakhotia
The world record holder of Income Tax Books R N Lakhotia released the first copy of a motivational book “BELIEF” written by Tariq Marghoob from the platform of AAFT Asian Academy Of Film And Television.” Believe in your self and believe in God ,together it makes belief, be honest to yourself. ”said R .N. Lakhotia to the audience present in the auditorium of Marwah Studios. Giving many examples from his own life Lakhotia won the hearts of all.

“My purpose of writing book is to pass on the fresh energy to youngster who all should be motivated to hard and honest work” said Tariq Marghoob, the writer of book “Belief”.
“I am always ready to get associated with works which ends up motivating youngster and lead them to build better India” added Sandeep Marwah, President of Marwah Studios.

On the same occasion a new issue of quarterly magazine Nature and Wealth edited by Kamal Bhatia was also released by Dr. Sanjeev Wadhawan CEO of Biolife Care Remedies Pvt. Limited. Others who were present in this function included Dean AAFT, Kannan, Satish Anand Dean Acting, Associate Dean AAFT, Lalit Kumar, renowned actor Adil Rana, Seema Gupta

The Real Munna Bhai Raj Kumar Hirani Visited AAFT

Best known for his super hit films like Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho
Munna Bhai the National Award winner and FilmFare Award winner director Raj Kumar Hirani visited Asian Academy Of Film And TV at Noida Film City.I am amazed to see the facilities provided for education and training of film and TV at AAFT , said Raj Kumar Hirani while talking to the Director of the Academy Sandeep Marwah.Raj Kumar Hirani is planning the next schedule of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s forthcoming film Three Idiots with Amir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Madhvan, Boman Irani in Delhi and Noida.

AT AAFT TRAINING BEGINS THE MOMENT YOU ENTER

39th batch of trainees commenced from 3rd April 2003. Registrations over‚ the batch was immediately addressed by all the faculty members of the Academy. A lively entertainment program followed next by the afternoon. The show was organized by the renowned management professional; T S Bedi‚ who is shaping out to be a popular singer of Northern India. The singer and his team of accompanists on a three piece orchestra including a key board‚
Sandeep Marwah & Ts Bedi
Renowned management professional; T S Bedi & Mr. Sandeep marwah
an octopad and a tabla enjoyed their performance as much as all the foot tapping members of the audience‚ clapping to each singular performance of bhajan‚ old melodies from the Hindi movies and some classics from the old Punjabi folklore. The function was well attended by most of the prominent citizens of Noida. Chief guest of the function was the Chairman of the All India Anti Terrorist Front‚ Sardar M S Bitta‚ who later presented the Academy awards to the renowned architect of India‚ Arun Varmani and to the senior journalist from the Hindi national daily‚ Dainik Jagran‚ Mohammed Azad. Addressing the audience chief guest M S Bitta emphasised on the role of that the Media had to play especially in a large country like India‚ where a majority of its illiterate populace tended to believe whatever media would project to them. Varmani who had been instrumental in designing the first phase of the Marwah Studio turned nostalgic of his memories from the second half of the eighties recalling the efforts put in by Prof. Sandeep Marwah in designing the whole film city during that period. Mohammed Azad is a very popular and a veteran journalist from the Hindi media in Noida. Speaking on the occasion‚ Azad gave all the credit to Prof. Sandeep Marwah for bringing Noida to the international map of cine world.

Cinema should commission writers for scripts

Fourth Global Film Festival director Sandeep Marwah while inaugurating the second seminar on Literature and Cinema is of the opinion that any creativity is first accountable to the society and then to its patrons both financial and moral.
The seminar generated a lot of heat and humour when speaker after speaker locked horns on the controversial topic which ended on a cordial note.
Chairing the session the renowned South Indian film director Singitham S.Rao emphatically asked the filmmakers to commission the established writers to write specially for the cinema. He said depending on published classics and bestsellers generally create confusion and commotion.
Fellow director K.Hariharan was more candid when he said that the two are different media and there has to be paradigm shift when you move from writing to celluloid.
Noted poet and former principal of Moti lal Nehru College Divil ramesh said that the soul and spirit of the literary work shouldn’t be compromised and there has to be fine balance between the novel and the film.