Whistling Woods’ Cinema 100 concludes with huge fanfare

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The third day of Cinema 100 – a three day mega event organized by the alumni and students of Whistling Woods International was a huge success with over 1000 participants. The closing ceremony had the timeless beauty and the quintessential dream girl, Hema Malini pouring her heart out to the audience on the journey of dance in Indian films and also renowned music director, Anu Malik sang his favorite songs that enthralled the packed auditorium.

The third day began with renowned filmmaker and critic Khalid Mohammad sharing his views on 'the social impact of Indian cinema' and showcasing a documentary made by the maestro himself. He delved in to recent developments on the social media that have completely changed the face of Indian cinema.

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A thought provoking and insightful panel discussion on the vision for 'Cinema 2020' was moderated by the well-known entertainment correspondent Rajeev Masand. The panel included ad filmmaker and Hindi film director R. Balakrishnan (popularly known as R. Balki), Hindi screenwriter and director Habib Faisal, Indian film director and cinematographer Rohit Shetty and screenwriter, actor, and director Amole Gupte. They all spoke on how far they think Indian cinema has come till now and where they think it will go in the years to come

Hema Malini, the dream girl, had an enthusiastic response after touring the institute and watching the Cinema100 A/V shared by Subhash Ghai and the students she said, ''You are lucky to have such a wonderful ground and a beautiful institution. There should be an institute like this where all forms of art are taught. So many filmmakers came and went but no one has ever thought of doing this except for Subhashji.'' While interacting with the gathering she shared her personal experiences and her dance journey in the Indian cinema.

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Said Rohit Shetty at the panel discussion, ''India is a land of multiple languages and much diversity; hence the films produced here portray different ideas, genres and appeal to different audience. This multi genre film trend will never change; on the other hand, it's the variety that will only keep increasing.''

R. Balki said, ''I think everyone makes films around what he or she likes and believes in. It is like a personal thought that goes into a film. I have always wondered why Indian Cinema didn't have a museum. Looking at the exhibition today here at Cinema 100, I feel you have got the beginnings of something very good. You should really do something with it because it's the best foundation I've seen for a museum of Indian Cinema.''

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Amol Gupte, who still considers himself a student, said, ''It is the flavor of Hindi cinema that makes it stand out.''

Filmmaker Habib Faisal said, ''Today, the future for screen writers is huge, unlike how it was few years ago, writers are given more recognition and respect.''

Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman, Whistling Woods International, speaking at the closing ceremony said, 'We have had a tremendous response from the Indian film industry who made it a point to come and engage with the students in their endeavors to honour Indian cinema. Cinema 100 has been a successful attempt this year and it gives us the encouragement and enthusiasm to celebrate this festival every year.

Therefore, I promise you we will celebrate this festival every year.' Cinema100 over three days celebrated Indian Cinema and its various facets through numerous workshops and chat sessions with Industry stalwarts. The festival consisted of film screenings, workshops on acting, photography, cinematography, dance, poetry, music, 3D film making, VFX, screenplay writing, as well as marketing of films and much more.

This three day film festival saw the likes of A. R. Rahman, Gulzar, Sukhwinder Singh, Randhir Kapoor, Saroj Khan , Jackie Shroff, Kiran Shantaram, Rinki Roy Bhattacharya (Bimal Roy's daughter), Rakeysh Mehra, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Amole Gupte, Zoya Akhtar, Ketan Anand, Govind Nihilani, CK Muralidharan, Rajeev Masand, Rohit Shetty, R. Balki, Habib Faisal, Khalid Mohammed, Sangeeta Shankar, Dhanush, Rohit Roy, Ronit Roy, Isha Sharvani, Hema Malini, Anu Malik and many more visiting the festival. Till the next time, keep wishing – Long Live Cinema!

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