2010 was a year full of energy, enthusiasm and learning for the students of Whistling Woods International (WWI). The most renowned and experienced industry professionals from the film fraternity in India and other parts of the world like, Anurag Basu, Rajkumar Hirani, Vidya Balan, Pankaj Advani, Karan Johar, Sudhir Mishra, R Balki, Rajkumar Santoshi, Ramesh Taurani, Koel Puri, Farhan Akhtar, Mahesh Samat, Amol Gupte, Priyadarshan, Abhinav Kashyap, Ayan Mukherjee, Arbaaz Khan, Kunal Kohli, Vicky Bahri, Danish Aslam, Max Howard and Shelly Page, to name a few visited the institute to share their experiences about the various facets of film-making.
Interestingly, all the revered guests appreciated the quality of education and the facilities being provided to students at WWI. They opined that the education and the experience being provided at the institute would ensure that the film industry of tomorrow would be run by trained professionals.
During his visit, Karan Johar said, “The courses offered here as well as the syllabus are on par with international standards of film-making. The education here not only brings out a director or an actor in you but also captures the essence of humanity.”
Vidya Balan remarked, “I love this space and envy you all who get to explore cinema here. All the very best and make your dream come true!”
R. Balki was reflective during his visit to WWI and said, “Whistling Woods is possibly the first place where talking about cinema is almost as entertaining and enjoyable as watching it. I wish I was a student here.”
In retrospect, Subhash Ghai, Chairman of WWI said, “We, at WWI constantly aim to provide our students with global exposure to international teaching standards and practices. I would like to thank these guests for taking time off from their busy schedules and addressing the students.”
WWI promises to continue this tradition and will present its students with even more opportunities to interact with the members of the film fraternity in the coming years.