FTII to conduct ‘Appreciation of Comedy in Hindi Cinema’ course

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Friday, 16 November 2018

For the first time, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune will be conducting a course on ‘Appreciation of Comedy in Hindi Cinema’ under its outreach initiative, Skilling India in Film and Television (SKIFT).

Pune: For the first time, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune will be conducting a course on ‘Appreciation of Comedy in Hindi Cinema’ under its outreach initiative, Skilling India in Film and Television (SKIFT).

The two-day course will be held in Pune on December 22-23. The course is open to all, with no age bar. The last date for applying is November 15. Course details are available on the website www.ftiindia.com.
 
Announcing the course, Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII, said, “The course will introduce the participants to the wonderful world of comedy in Hindi cinema. It will be a delightful understanding of how cultural, social and many other factors have influenced the comedy genre through the ages. It will study the various styles of comedy that the top comic actors have used in films. Finally, the course will attempt to understand how important comedy is as a tool to heal the pressures of 
troubled times.”

“The teaching will involve screening of clips from movies through the ages, discussing the styles and types of comedy demonstrated by the clips, studying the influences that led to comedic choices and acting through the ages, analysing the relevance and metamorphosis of the understanding of comedy from then till now, attempting various styles of comedy to add a level of participatory interest and learning, getting under the skin of various comedic actors through the ages, probing the relevance of old versus new styles of comedy and also contemplating the importance of comedy in films as a way to heal and build a better society,” said Joy Fernandes, Course Director.

The course will be focusing on iconic Hindi film comic leads like Mehmood and Kishore Kumar, comic character actors like Johnny Walker, Jagdeep, Asrani, Keshto Mukherjee and Utpal Dutt to name a few. 

Works of comic talents like Amol Palekar, Deven Verma, Johnny Lever and Govinda as also latest talents like Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Sanjay Mishra will be discussed. The course will also focus on unforgettable rib-tickling scenes in Hindi films; Mehmood and Om Prakash in ‘Pyaar Kiye Jaa’, Kishore Kumar and Mehmood in ‘Padosan’, Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma from ‘Angoor’, Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt from ‘Golmaal’ (old), Paresh Rawal from ‘Hera Pheri’, and scenes from ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’.
 

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