The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune is gearing up to the launch the regional centre of of India’s premier film institute in Kochi. The announcement was made by its chairman Gajendra Singh Chauhan on the auspicious occasion of 40th anniversary of the Thapasaya Kala Sahitya Vedi. The inauguration of the anniversary celebrations was presided over by the Novelist P. Valsala. Thuravoor Viswambaran delivered the keynote address. Historian M.G.S. Narayanan and Thapasaya State president S. Rameshan Nair were present.
Thousands of aspirants apply to the FTII every year. However, only a few talented candidates could secure admission. This was because of the limited number of seats in each course. In lieu of the same, steps had already been taken to establish a film and television institute modeled on the Pune FTII at Guwahati. Further down the lane, regional centres of the institute will be set up in different States, including Kerala. One of them would be in Kochi, reported The Hindu.
Short- term courses: In short duration of time, FTII Pune will start offering short term courses. The Malayalam film industry had contributed immensely to the growth and development of Indian cinema. Malayalam films are known for its robust screen presentations and story lines, said Chauhan.
While talking about the problems FTII faced last year in the month of August, Mr. Chauhan said that the present government at the Centre followed the ideals and legacy of Shyama Prasad Mookherjee. “I have been thrust upon with great responsibility. I had to face a lot of criticism in connection with this. But I will not run away from my responsibilities. I will executive this responsibility aptly.”