Pune: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) launched its first-ever Film Appreciation course in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Jointly conducted by FTII and National Film Archive of India (NFAI), the participants include 16 women and 29 men, all students, staff and teachers at Ahmedabad University. The participants belong to diverse backgrounds like Engineering, Management, Commerce, Life Sciences, BBA, etc.
The course was inaugurated by Pankaj Chandra, Vice Chancellor, Ahmedabad University, and Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII Pune, in presence of Munish Bhardwaj, Course Director and Dhiraj Kakadia, Commissioner of Entertainment Tax, Government of Gujarat.
Pankaj Chandra said, “Ahmedabad University currently has an Independent Study Program window of interdisciplinary learning for students, and this Film Appreciation course gives an opportunity to students to understand cinema from one of the world’s leading film schools.”
“FTII is taking the light and joy of cinema to all parts of the country, under its short courses initiative SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television), with the objective of creating awareness about films and filmmaking. Till October 2017, 36 courses have been conducted and 1,800 participants trained in various aspects of filmmaking and TV production,” Bhupendra Kainthola said.
Munish Bhardwaj graduated from FTII in 1993, specialising in film direction. He has worked on films of directors Rajat Kapoor, Kumar Shahani, Mani Kaul and Sashi Kumar. Munish was the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed ‘Ankhon Dekhi’, directed by Rajat Kapoor.
He has also written for TV series like Bhanwar, Rajdhani and Hadsa. Munish has been involved with theatre as a director, actor and producer for over 25 years. ‘Moh Maya Money’ is his first feature film as a writer, director and producer.