With state-of-the-art facilities, quality education, accomplished faculty and a hands-on learning environment, young aspiring filmmakers, actors, cinematographers, editors and others who want to pursue their dreams as professionals within the filmmaking industry, will be able to benefit from endless opportunities at the recently launched Whistling Woods International Institute of Film, Communication and Media Arts’ in Bhangagarh, Guwahati. Regarded as Asia’s largest Film, Animation and Media Institute, the Mumbai-based Whistling Woods International (WWI), founded in 2006 by one of India’s leading filmmakers – Subhash Ghai and promoted by Mukta Arts Limited and Filmcity, has tied up with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
Whistling Woods International has become quite renowned for providing world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and Media studies. This premier institute was inaugurated by Dhrubajyoti Saikia, the Vice Chancellor of Cotton University, Guwahati in the presence of eminent personalities like popular actress Mridula Baruah, noted actor Kopil Bora, Chairman of Amtron, Mohibul Haque, who was present as the guest of honour.
While speaking on the occasion, Kopil Bora said, ”I am very happy that the a institute of this kind has been introduced in Assam. Now students can stay here and learn various courses without ever moving to places like Mumbai, Delhi or Bengalore. We have got raw talents who are yet to be exposed. With the launching of WWI, we have hope and a bright future.” The range of programmes on offer at the WWI would enable students to explore film from a practical and theoretical perspective. Kopil also talked in length about the miserable condition of the Assamese film industry. ”We have audiences who enjoy watching Assamese movies in the theatres. But theatres are facing immense problems, with a sharp decline in the number of viewers”, he said. Mridula Baruah also expressed confidence when she said, “students will certainly benefit from the institute’s program.”
The Assamese film scenario is badly marred by the continuous presence of mediocre movies made by people who have no prior knowledge of filmmaking. It’s a prerequisite to learn and imbibe all those movie techniques, so much central to filmmaking, but its something enormously missing among our filmmakers. Hopefully with the launching of Whistling Woods International in Guwahati, talented filmmakers from Assam and elsewhere will be discovered, and able to receive wide acclaim. Everyone on the occasion sounded quite excited with the institute’s potential. They felt that its a perfect place for the students to hone their craft and gain the necessary skills and knowledge they need to pursue successful careers in the Media and Entertainment industry. The talent is there but what appear to be lacking are the basic tools. Mohibul Haque also felt that an institute of this kind will help realize the goals of many aspiring filmmakers and directors, while expressing the hope that it will lead to many talents glitter in the international arena.