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India Today - - STATES - —Suhani Singh

STO­RY­BOARD

Both Jawa­har­lal Nehru and Indira Gandhi be­gan sup­port­ing cin­ema by set­ting up the Fed­er­a­tion of Film So­ci­eties of In­dia in 1959. On the rec­om­men­da­tion of the film in­quiry com­mit­tee, the I&B min­istry de­cided to set up an in­sti­tu­tion to im­part train­ing in screen­play, direction, cin­e­matog­ra­phy, sound record­ing and edit­ing. It ac­quired premises and prop­er­ties from the de­funct Prab­hat Film Stu­dio in Pune (the third and fourth gen­er­a­tion of its em­ploy­ees still hold var­i­ous jobs on the 21-acre cam­pus). Remy Tes­son­neau, di­rec­tor of the Paris In­sti­tute des Hautes Etudes Cine­matographiques, was re­cruited in March 1961 to help lay down a syl­labus. Ini­tially known as the Film In­sti­tute of In­dia, it ac­quired its present name af­ter the tele­vi­sion wing was re­lo­cated from New Delhi to Pune in 1974. It has pro­duced some of the finest artistes in cin­ema in Mumbai and else­where—ac­tors Naseerud­din Shah, Om Puri, Smita Patil, Sha­bana Azmi, Jaya Bachchan and Ra­jkum­mar Rao; tech­ni­cians (editor Renu Saluja, cin­e­matog­ra­phers K.K. Ma­ha­jan and San­tosh Si­van, Oscar-win­ning sound de­signer Re­sul Pookutty and com­poser Pri­tam) and film­mak­ers (Mani Kaul, Saeed Mirza, Adoor Gopalakr­ish­nan, Girish Kasar­avalli, Kun­dan Shah, Vidhu Vinod Cho­pra). David Dhawan and Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani grad­u­ated in edit­ing from here.

BEST SCENES

Di­ploma films from here have earned ac­co­lades at home and abroad. If Kan­nada film­maker Girish Kasar­avalli’s Avashesh won the Na­tional Award for best stu­dent film in 1975, di­rect­ing stu­dent Payal Ka­pa­dia’s Af­ter­noon Clouds was short­listed at the Ciné­fon­da­tion se­lec­tion at Cannes 2016.

FU­TURE PIC­TURE

Seats for film, TV and screen­writ­ing cour­ses have been re­duced and cour­ses re­struc­tured to en­sure they are com­pleted on time and stu­dents don’t over­stay be­yond three years. But in­fras­truc­tural woes re­main, with al­lot­ment and main­te­nance of equip­ment still an issue and the ad­min­is­tra­tion ac­cused of de­lay­ing funds al­lo­cated to fin­ish di­ploma films.

BHASKAR PAUL

MOVIES IN THE MAK­ING Edit­ing room at FTII

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