The best way to encourage imaginative minds to create diverse works of arts is to expose them to variety. With the same aim, 230 students of Whistling Woods International were recently treated to two distinctly different genres of film-making --- "Partner", an all-out comedy, and "Gandhi – My Father", an intriguing real-life tale.
To introduce the students to David Dhawan's school of cinema, an interactive session was held between the ace director and the youngsters. The theme of the film "Partner" pepped up the atmosphere and also helped the students comprehend the lineage of the genre of comedy in Bollywood. The hilarious Salman-Govinda duo in the movie was central to the conversation. Dhawan described his filming methodology, emphasizing mostly on the characterization of his leads.
On another day, the English version of "Gandhi – My Father" was screened at the institute. Sans any toe-tapping numbers, heart-throbbing romance or glossy comedy, the students agreed that the film was a masterpiece. They were especially fascinated by the interesting facets of the Mahatma that the film revealed. The unbeatable story-telling was the icing on the cake. Adding glamour to the case study was an interactive session with actor-producer Anil Kapoor and director Feroz Abbas Khan.
Film-maker Subhash Ghai said: "Gandhi - My father" once again proves that today we have film-makers who are bold and brilliant, and are able to take Indian cinema to international standards. "
The case studies helped the students learn one of the most basic lessons of film-making --– an honest approach towards cinema is always endearing.