~Entire Film Industry turns up in solidarity & shows support! ~
Mumbai, April 10th, 2012: Students & Faculty of Whistling Woods International, the Mumbai based institute for film, television, animation and media arts held a press conference on Wednesday to talk to the media about their views on the recent supreme court ruling which dictates that the school will no longer be able to function out of Goregaon, Film City where it is currently based out of. Present on the dais along with Anjum Rajabali, noted Screenwriter & Head of Department of Screenwriting of Whistling Woods International were eminent personalities likes Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Ashutosh Gowariker, and also Alumni of WWI & Producer Aditi Anand and current Editing Student Raghu Naik. In the audience seated in support of the Institute were Ramesh Sippy, Madhur Bhandarkar, Nagesh Kukunoor, Ronnie Screwvala, Manmohan Shetty and Amol Gupte who also spoke on the issue.
Hundreds of current students & alumni of Whistling Woods were also present at the venue disillusioned and anguished by the verdict at the court. Speaking on behalf of all other students Raghu Naik, Student said "We are deeply saddened by the verdict meted out by the courts. Whistling Woods is a platform that allows for people like us who have no godfathers and backing in media and film, to get an entry into the industry and make it big. This institute trains you in an art that very few schools can impart education in, and gives you a leg up based on pure merit. Whistling Woods also connects us with the industry through master classes and visits from esteemed personalities. It pulls out all stops in bringing you the best training that there is."
Coming out in full support and strength of the institute was the Indian Entertainment industry. Shabana Azmi who has been on the Academic Advisory Board of WWI since 2003 and was also representing the film industry said, "I am in shock but know that this too shall pass. In Chinese the word for crisis and opportunity is the same. We will turn this crisis into an opportunity. I do believe Whistling Woods is filling a huge gap in providing training to students in departments of filmmaking. I would like all film students aspiring for training to get that opportunity. Whistling Woods will continue and ride over the crisis. I am with you all the way."
Disappointed by the ruling Subhash Ghai said, "It is a sad moment for us to see a labour of love Whistling Woods being asked to vacate the land that over a 1000 students called home for the past 6 Years. Whistling Woods will stand steady and continue operations in Mumbai and other States too. We remain firm in our endeavor and commitment to education and will bring the best of training and teaching, to aspirants and students who want to make a mark in the media, film and television industry."