For several months now, Subhash Ghai has been battling to secure the future of his film school, which is struggling to retain its original land allotment from the government. The last we heard, he had been ordered by the court to return the whole 21 acre plot in two instalments: the 14.5 acres that are currently vacant were to be handed back to the government immediately and the balance 5.5 acres that are being used by the academy are to be given back in 2014.
It is a matter of some irony then that Whistling Woods International recently conducted its 6th Convocation Ceremony with pomp and show on July 17. Three living legends — Amitabh Bachchan, Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia — joined Ghai and his daughter Meghna Ghai-Puri on the dais, as the arrival of 200 new students was announced. Now whether Ghai is able to literally ‘hold his ground’ only time will tell, but we certainly can say today that the man knows how to pack a powerful podium and put on a good show!
Post by - Sonali Velinker Kamat