Subhash Ghai, who prides himself on producing new talent from his film school, Whistling Woods International, seems to have ignored his students’ film, called The Lost Tape.
The film is directed by Rakshit Dahiya, produced by Ashok Kumar Baphna (both Whistling Woods students) and the cinematography is by Dhaval Ganbote, a graduate from the school. A faculty member, Vivek Agarawal, has edited the movie that was shot in Chail, Himachal Pradesh.
The cast also comprises students from the school. So they expected the goodwill of Ghai. However, despite repeated calls and messages from distributor Manoj Nandwana, Ghai apparently ignored them. Manoj says, “I’m hurt. It’s surprising that Mr Ghai doesn’t have time for his ex-students.”
When contacted, Ghai says, “I’ve been travelling a lot. Besides, there is a system in place. A film has to go to the dean, who then recommends it to me. I watch it when I have the time.”
Releasing on Spetember 14, the film is about the mysterious disappearance of five youngsters.