Bollywood rallies behind Ghai

Mumbai:  The Film and Television Producers
Guild of India has urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj
Chavan to “support” Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods
International in the wake of the Bombay High Court’s directive
to the filmmaker to hand over the land alloted to the
institute in Filmcity.

The Guild, an autonomous non-profit film trade body
comprising industry stakeholders, said the film institute was
needed to create the world-class pool of talent and to improve
quality of professionals.

Last month, the high court held the joint venture
agreement dated May 30, 2000, signed between Ghai’s Mukta Arts
and Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural Development
Corporation (MFSCDC) as “illegal, arbitrary and without
authority of law”.

In a scathing indictment of Union minister Vilasrao
Deshmukh, the court held him responsible for “misusing his
official position”, when he was chief minister, to hand over
20 acres of land to Ghai for the institute at subsidised

In a letter sent on March 5 to the chief minister, the
Guild expressed its concern to sustain and strengthen
Whistling Woods International (WWI) campus which it said was
a significant part of entertainment industry as today and its
contribution is invaluable.

“It is well known to everyone in the film industry that
Whistling Woods has played a significant role in the media and
entertainment industry as we strongly believe that India needs
such world class institutes in the country to train and
improve the quality of the industry professionals in order to
raise the standards of cinema and other entertainment
mediums,” the letter said.

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