Director-producer Subhash Ghai seems to be trying every way to keep his film school running. Having recently sent the authorities another petition asking them to reconsider his case, the filmmaker says, “We have been asked to pay Rs 79 crore, which is almostimpossible for us. And this came suddenly. Let’s see what happens. The industry and film associations are supporting us.”
A few months ago, the 20-acre land that currently houses Whistling Woods International came under scrutiny as the High Court said that the property was sold to Ghai for a “paltry sum of money”. “There is no fault of ours in this case; we have not done anything which is illegal, so I hope they will reconsider our plea,” he says.
But all this trouble hasn’t deterred his institution from wanting to be a part of the celebrations planned around the 100 years of Indian cinema.
A three-day fest will be held at the Goregaon establishment on June 1 to mark the industry’s centennial. “We wanted to do it in January and have been planning it since then, but because of the court case, things got delayed,” says the filmmaker.
Though the event is primarily meant for students, those interested will need to contact the authorities online to receive an invite.
“The first day of the festival will showcase imagery, posters and pictures from film archives and galleries. On the second day, screenings will be held simultaneously in nine rooms,” says Ghai.
The event will include short films, documentaries, silent films, black and white movies and even 3D flicks. The last day of the event will mark a tribute to Dadasaheb Phalke (father of Indian cinema), with workshops organised around his works.