Subhash Ghai wearing the hat of success – undeterred, unfazed & standing tall with 200 added new students in campus .

Three legends Amitabh Bachchan , Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hari Prasad Chaurasia were honoured with “WWI MAESTRO AWARDS”  by Whistling Woods International. At the 6th Convocation Ceremony of Whistling Woods International, founded by Subhash Ghai and one of the largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute, over 200 students commemorated completion of their education at Whistling Woods, Mumbai and were handed their degrees by the Maestros and founder Subhash Ghai along with President Meghna Ghai Puri, In continuing tradition, Whistling Woods International presented two lifetime achievement awards to the Legends. Anand Sudershan,former chief executive of Manipal Global Education Services, current advisor of Everonn Education Ltd and associate of the WWI was also seen addressing the students.


Speaking at the occasion, superstar Amitabh Bachchan said, “It’s a proud moment for me to see the future of film industry today. I am grateful to Subhash ji for building a platform that will enhance the skills of actors, filmmakers, screenplay writers and more. There is a huge amount of interest in film making so I wish all the luck to the graduating batch that will now bear the burden of taking the industry to newer heights.”  

Living legends in music Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia thanked Whistling Woods after receiving the ‘WWI  MAESTRO AWARD ” and Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma added “I have received so many awards in life but this award is very special to me because it is coming from Whistling Woods, an Academy of International repute  and from the experts from the field of cinema and music.  Subhash ji’s contribution is immense in developing and grooming the next generation of talent”

 Expressing his thanks Mr. Subhash Ghai said, “We have full support from the film and media industry and our respective film associations to sustain and grow Whistling Woods institute year by year because it is poised to change the face of industry and it is an Institute for public interest with national importance. The Institute promotes and develops our rich Indian culture and the cinemas of India. More than 400 experts and celebrities from film and entertainment industry have contributed to the Students’ learning  by sharing their knowledge and experience with students since 2006. I heartily thank Mr. Bachchan, Pt. Sharma & Pt. Chaurasia for being here and motivating the students. 

Meghna Ghai, President Whistling Woods International said “It is heartening to see the support of our industry and their recognition of the value that Whistling Woods adds to the industry. We will continue our dedication to provide world-class education with 95% placements in the years to come. It’s indeed a proud moment to also see the batch graduating and facilitate the Maestro Award that has been instituted by WWI to recognize true legends who have contributed academically to the industry. Our alumni continue to look up to all our Maestro awardees for inspiration.”

In the following press meet Mr Bachchan said to the Media that India needs such International Film Institutes as the Indian Media & Entertainment industry grows into becoming truly International. He also congratulated Subhash Ghai for bringing high standard of education through Whistling Woods.  Subhash Ghai revealed when asked about his court order to return the balance land in july 2014 in Filmcity “our judicial system do protect the honest projects in the public interest, so we are sure we will get a fair justice eventually.”

About WWI Maestro Awards

The Maestro Award is constituted by Whistling Woods International and conferred on an artist for sheer respect for his/her work for his or her contribution to Entertainment & Media. The awards were initiated to felicitate those who’ve had a highly successful and long career in any artistic or technical field in entertainment and media and have raised the bar on quality and performance on regular occasions throughout their careers. The first Maestro award was given away to Mr. Dilip Kumar. He has done all kinds of films and balanced a wide variety of roles in films like Andaz, Aan, Devdas, Azaad, Mughal E Azam and Ganga Jamuna to name a few. Even towards the latter stage of his career the powerhouse performer gave some memorable performances in films such as Shakti, Karma & Saudagar. The second award was given away to V.K. Murthy, who is worshipped by renowned film makers across the generations for his work that has created unparalleled history in the field of cinematography. He is responsible for some of Indian cinema’s most breathtaking visuals and has put forth some of his most celebrated work in films like Kaagaz ke phool, Pyaasa and Sahib Bibi aur gulaam, Chaudhvi ka Chand and Pakeeza.

About Whistling Woods International

Promoted by Subhash Ghai, Mukta Arts Ltd & Film city Mumbai, Whistling Woods International is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute. WWI provides world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television through 2-year, full-time residential programs in 8 specializations namely Acting, Animation, Business of Film & Television, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Screenwriting & Sound. The full-time faculty of Whistling Woods International is a body of academics and industry professionals (like Subhash Ghai, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajen Kothari, Anjum Rajabali, etc), with regular guest lectures by leading film-makers, actors & technicians (like Rakeysh Mehra, Vishal Bharadwaj, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Ashok Amritraj, Shyam Benegal, Madhuri Dixit, Govind Nihalani, Farah Khan, Makarand Deshpande, Suhasini Mulay, Neeta Lulla, Rajkumar Hirani, Nagesh Kukunoor, etc). Whistling Woods has also been rated amongst the top 10 film schools in the world. WWI has initiated affiliations with several national and international film schools. Some schools that we have finalized tie-ups with are D.Y Patil, Griffith College Australia, Seneca College Canada, and The Norwegian Film Institute, Bradford College & Deakin College Australia.