In the year 2006, seven years ago on this very day, Whistling Woods International commenced their journey with hope, enthusiasm and of course with the first batch of students. A hard journey which, epitomize the word beautiful, this has been possible because of the hard work and dedication of the staff and faculty of Whistling Woods International.
Today is a bittersweet day when we bid goodbye to yet another batch. The 7th Annual Convocation is being held. The atmosphere was vibrant and electric as 200 students geared up for their big day. The degree is been handed by the founder Subhash Ghai, Chairman, Whistling Woods International, Guest of Honour, Mr. Kamal Hassan and the very respected and widely renowned screenwriter, Mr. Javed Siddiqui, along with Meghna Ghai Puri, President of Whistling Woods International. The convocation ceremony witnessed students from School of Filmmaking, Actor’s Studio, School of Animation, and School of Media and Communication, receive their graduation certificate.
Mr. Javed Siddiqui heartily thanked the institute for bestowing such an honor and wished all the students the very best in whatever they do. Mr. Kamal Hassan with his words motivated the students a lot, wherein he said, “Today I have come to check out my future competition. The vision of Subhash Ghai and his team with their decades of experience is apparent in the educational philosophy & I can say these students will be competition for me after seeing their work through their student short films”
We at Whistling Woods International appreciate talents that have made a mark in the industry and expressing our appreciation we present WWI Maestro Award to legends of Indian Cinema. Continuing the tradition this year, the recipients of the award were, Mrs. Jaya Bachchan, Actor & Filmmaker Mr. Kamal Hassan and ace screenwriter Mr. Javed Siddiqui, each contributing to the world of cinema in their unique way.
To encourage the budding talents, we also present the Valedictorian Award every year to a selected few for not just their performance as students, but the leadership skill they have showed in motivating and inspiring their peers. Valedictorians from the Class of 2014, were, Mrinalini Tiwari, Yoagandran, Pooja Phalke and Alex.
The convocation was filled with emotions as the various personalities present shared their views along with encouraging the students. Mr. Subhash Ghai expressed his excitement by saying, “After 10 batches of students moving into the industry and making their mark, it’s time for a fresh batch to step towards achieving their dreams. I feel fortunate that Whistling Woods International has had the unstinted support and encouragement of national and international filmmakers and starts alike that provide students, immense inspiration.”