News|March 9, 2012 11:30 am

Bollywood rallies behind Ghai in the Whistling Woods case

The Film and Television Producers Guild of India has urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to “support” Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International in the wake of the Bombay High Court’s directive to the filmmaker to hand over the land alloted to the institute in Filmcity.

The Film & Television Producers Guild of India is an autonomous non-profit film trade body comprising industry stakeholders.The Guild said the film institute was needed to create the world-class pool of talent and to improve quality of professionals.

Last month, the high court held the joint venture agreement dated May 30, 2000, signed between Ghai’s Mukta Arts and Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural Development Corporation (MFSCDC) as “illegal, arbitrary and without authority of law”.

In a scathing indictment of Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, the court held him responsible for “misusing his official position”, when he was chief minister, to hand over 20 acres of land to Subhash Ghai for a film institute at subsidised rates.

In a letter sent on March 5 to the chief minister, the guild expressed its concern to sustain and strengthen Whistling Woods International (WWI) campus which it said was a significant part of entertainment industry as today and its contribution is invaluable.

It is well known to everyone in the Film Industry that Whistling Woods has played a significant role in the media and entertainment industry as we strongly believe that India needs such world class institutes in the country to train and improve the quality of the industry professionals in order to raise the standards of cinema and other entertainment mediums.

the letter said.