On Thursday, India’s biggest star Amitabh Bachchan launched Mumbai University’s five degree programmes in film-making in collaboration with the Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment (RSACE). The university will offer bachelor courses in film art, film production, screenwriting, animation, visual effects will be open for students from the coming July in the existing infrastructure at the Garware Institute of Career Education and Development.
During the inaugural function Amitabh said, “I am honored and privileged to be a part of historical moment of film industry and Mumbai University. 50- 60 years ago profession relating to cinema was considered as infra dig as families with good background never allowed their children’s to join this profession. When I was growing up my parents also first themselves used to see a particular movie and then used to allow us to see that film but today Indian film industry has came a long way as art and entertainment has become academic curriculum of the prestigious Mumbai University.”
He added, “I just look at all this as great amount of envy because in my growing up years when I wanting to join film industry, I never had occasion to join any of these institutes. We are still learning the craft of film-making by being on the set because during our times there wasn’t any facility to take formal training in the field of art and entertainment. I will be present in this institute after its inception not as a lecturer but as a student as I am sure there will be a lot of stuff which I can learn from this institute.”
Amtitabh alos praised filmmaker Ramesh Sippy who is founder of these courses saying, “Ramesh Sippy is a great motivator, technician and teacher. He used to take care of his artist on the sets and I am sure he will also take care of students of the institutes in the same way. In the initials of institute (RSACE), there is already an ace in the academy and I hope Ramesh Sippy will live up to the expectation.”
He also expressed his desire that India should become top earners in film-making business saying, “I wish this initiative goes long way because India is the largest movie making nation in the world but I feel that if we succeed in our efforts one day India will become largest earner in terms of export of film-making.”
Amitabh Bachchan next will be seen in Ram Gopal Verma’s Sarkar 3 which will release on 7 April, 2017.