Jean-Marie Lamour the first French actor to perform in an Indian movie and who is playing the lead role in English language feature film “Hari Om”, said that he is both proud and happy to be in this Indo-French joint production. The internationally renowned French actor was being honoured by Prof. Sandeep Marwah for his outstanding performances on the stage, films and television during his visit to Asian Academy of Film & Television. Jean-Marie Lamour advised the would be actors never to copy other performers. Addressing the student Vijay Raaz, one of the Indian actor accompanying Jean-Marie Lamour, said that actor has to know himself thoroughly and be a good human being. An actor has also to be versatile in his performance he added. The producer of this feature film has invited AAFT alumni to work with their production house located at Mumbai.
Expressing his concern about TV and print journalists imposing their personal opinion of a newly released film on unsuspecting cine-goers, the President of Association of Motion Picture & Television Producers Pahlaj Nihalani urged them to look positively at the work of film artistes. He was delivering the convocation address to the students of University of Media Arts’ Asian Academy of Film & Television. Describing filmmaking as a beautiful profession to be in, Pahlaj Nihalani said above all a film professional should be a good human being. Lauding the efforts of Prof. Sandeep Marwah for promoting film and television production in north India, Pahlaj Nihalani offered all possible help to the men and women trained by the academy. Addressing the students the diplomat from Turkmenistan Dr. Chinar Rustomova said that educational institution should be treated as a holy place. She hoped that the nationals of her country will soon be taking advantage of the training opportunities offered by the academy. The bright Indian Police Service Officer Piyush Mordia called upon the producers to make films and television programmes on socially relevant subjects. Speaking on this occasion the well known journalist Santosh Bhartiya remarked that the television journalism scene is all set for a major change and advised the new entrants to this profession to equip themselves adequately to meet its requirement.
University of Media Arts in the national capital region recently played host to Ms. Larry Wilson who was leading a high powered mission sent by Welsh Assembly Government to establish alliances between companies in the Wales region of the United Kingdom and their counterparts in India. She held detailed discussions on matters relating to higher education in the Wales region and India with Vice Chancellor of University of Media Arts Prof. Sandeep Marwah. The visiting dignitary went round the facilities being provided by Asian Business School of the university to the students of the business management and to the media processionals in the making by Asian School of Media Studies.
In his thought provoking address to the students of University of Media Arts’ Study Centre at Noida, His Excellency Lt. Gen. K.M. Seth, PVSM, AVSM, Governor of Chhattisgarh called upon General K M Seth & sandeep marwahthe artists to try and preserve the rich Indian cultural heritage through their work.Nature’s bounty to Chhattisgarh region, the amazing Chitrakot fall and the 500 feet deep natural cave in Bastar area could be used to provide a wonderful setting for the movies, the Hon’ble Governor added. He complemented, Prof. Sandeep Marwah and Mr. Boney Kapoor for taking the initiative to set up an institution of higher learning which will focus mainly on media studies.
General K.M.Seth & sandeep marwahGeneral K.M. Seth mentioned that in order to ensure full academic freedom to the Chancellor, the state has decided that in his capacity as the visitor, the Governor will be only a patron of the private universities. Former union minister and governor of several states Bhishma Narain Singh pointed out to the commendableworked done by the Saints, Armed forces and Cinema in propagating and promotion Hindi languages in the country. Sharing his thoughts with the students, the former governor UP Mr. Romesh Bhandari urged that the power of media should not be misused to hurt the sentiments of an individual or a section of the society. The Chancellor of University of Media Arts Mr. Boney Kapoor also addressed the students on this occasion.
The star of box office super hit ‘Sirf Tum’ Sanjay Kapoor was the chief guest of the function held at the Marwah Studios Complex in the film city to inaugurate the silver session of the Asian Academy of film & Television. Welcoming the film star, Director of the academy Prof. Sandeep Marwah mentioned that the academy has been successfully conducting training in the art & Craft of film making & television production for the last six years and it has been widely acclaimed as the best alternative to the formal film and television schools. A mention was made also of the fact that the pioneering work done by the academy has been commended by All India Achievers Conference. This organisaiton has chosen Prof. Sandeep Marwah for the Achievers of the Millenium award for his significant contribution to the field of film & television training and for emerging as a role model worthy of emulation by others. The other receipient of this award are noted film star Devanand, popular film & television artiste Shekhar Suman, film director Sanjay Khan, former Miss Femina Manpreet Brar, former supercop KPS Gill, famous cricketer Kapil Dev and deputy speaker of Lok Sabha P.M. Sayeed. Addressing the trainees of the silver batch of Asian Academy of Film & Television, Sanjay Kapoor said that hardwork and dedication are the key to success in all areas of filmmaking. He said that systematic training helps develop skills and the necessary self-confidence. He advised the film professionals including the artistes to behave like a normal person and to lead the life like a common-man. He advised the trainees never to feel diffident if success does not come their way and continue to strive for achieving success in their work. He mentioned that successful artistes like Devanand and Raj Kapoor were sources of inspiration to him. Replying to a question he said that film industry is not a big-bad world and it is a wonderful outlet for the creative people. Present on this occasion were stage artiste Sanjay Malik, Bhushan Kandhari of Punjabi Kala Sangam, lyricist Sudhakar Sharmaa and the veteran media personality Om Prakash Katyal.
Television artiste Shekhar Suman of the popular ‘Movers & Shakers’ show and Prof. Sandeep Marwah Director of Asian Academy of Film & Television were honoured with the Achievers of the Millennium award by the Honourable Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in a glittering function held in the capital. Among the other distinguished personalities on the dais were Honourable Minister for Labour Dr. Satya Narayan Jatiya and Minister of State for Steel & Mines Mr. Ramesh Bais. All India Achievers Conference has been honouring selected few for their notable services to the society and excellence in their chosen field of activity for the last, ten years. This years other award winners include Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha P.M. Sayeed, Former Director General of Police K.P.S. Gill, Bharat Natyam exponent Geeta Chandran, Fashion-Designer Ritu Beri and former Femina Miss India Manpreet Brar. Prof. Sandeep Marwah has been chosen for this award in recognition of this outstanding and pioneering work in the field of film and television education and training. Congratulating the award winners, Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi called upon every citizen to work hard to build a truly great Indian nation at the dawn of the new millennium. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Jatiya said that staring point for the great achiever is faith in himself and that nothing is impossible for a willing mind. He was of the view that well meaning and talented persons should be given necessary support and encouragement in their work for welfare of the society.
In a rare gesture, the Parliamentary Committee For Education and Science of Finland included a visit to the Noida Film City located film school – Asian Academy of Film & TV – in their Indian itinerary, to get an overview of filmmaking in this country. Briefing the distinguished visitor on the technical, business and artistic angles of Indian filmmaking, director of the academy Prof. Sandeep Marwah offered to persuade the Bollywood film producers to shoot their film in Finland. He pointed out that with a view to promoting filmmaking in the country, three prominent Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry have established Entertainment Committee within their folds. The Chairperson of the Committee of Finnish Parliamentarians Ms. Maija Rask evinced great interest in the facilities for film and television production at Noida Film City and promised to explore the possibility of a joint Indo-Finnish film production. Ms. Jaina Anderson, Ms. Eva Biaudet, Ms. Maija Perho, Mr. Iivo Polvi, Ms. Irja Tulonen, Mr. Matti Saarinen and Ms. Pirkko Peltomo were the other members of the team of Finnish Parliamentarians.
The first and the only Australian filmmaker of Indian origin Satish Rai stated that filmmaking is beyond cinematography, the sound track and acting. It is like creating symphony out of so many instruments put in a particular chord. It is the filmmaker who decides the chord according to his understanding of the audience. He was invited by the International Film & Television Research Centre to share his experience of acting, directing and producing films in Australia, with the students of Asian Academy of Film & TV. Satish Rai is currently in India to shoot a film. Addressing the students of the Academy he said that the film industry in Australia is in a nascent stage and it offers great opportunity for producing films and television programs. He disclosed that he is also looking for a suitable cast in India for his feature film about Indians who had migrated several centuries ago to the Fiji Island, Surinam and Trinidad Tobago etc. Satish Rai extended an invitation through the co-chairman of the Entertainment Committee of PHD Chambers of Commerce & Industry Sandeep Marwah to the Indian filmmakers to shoot their film in Australia. He offered all possible help and support of to the Indian filmmakers in Australia. On this occasion Satish Rai also accepted the life membership of the International Film & Television Research Centre.
The well known cine artist Sanjay Kapoor said that the main purpose of making a film is to entertain the viewers by narrating a visually powerful story. He was addressing the students after formally inaugurating the 2004-05 session of ‘University of Media Arts’ Asian School of Media Studies’ at Noida. Answering questions put to him Sanjay Kapoor said that like for any other human endeavour proper education and systematic training is necessary for filmmaking. Defending the film professionals who may try to induct and promote their kith and kin into the film industry, he said that what really matters in the film industry are one’s own technical competence, hard work and talent and not a god father. Responding to a comment by a member of the audience about his role in his latest film Julie, Sanjay Kapoor said it is the effectiveness of a role rather than anything else what is of significance to an actor. He mentioned that he is currently playing a role in feature film Anjaane, Sanjay Kapoor disclosed he is seriously toying with the idea of producing a feature film himself. On this occasion, veteran journalist Dr. Aziz Burney, well known television producer A.S. Bedi and management guru Raj Diwan also shared their thoughts with the audience. This function was followed by a weeklong retrospective of films starring Sanjay Kapoor.