Andheri gets a new cultural base!
Whistling Wood’s Andheri base launches book on Indian Directors published by Om Books International, written by Tula Goenka
Attendees included, Subhash Ghai, Anupama Chopra, Kaizad Gustad, amongst others.
In less than two years since its opening, the Whistling Wood International’s cultural hub, Bandra base garnered a large fan-following. Its stellar gigs have made it a popular hangout destination for anyone who enjoys movies, music and entertainment. The success of Bandra Base has led Whistling Woods to launch the Andheri base, a spacious destination that will attract art & culture lovers.
Lit in fairy lights, the venue also saw the book launch of ‘Not Just Bollywood – Indian Director’s Speak’ written by Tula Goenka and published by Om Books International. The book was launched by Subhash Ghai and Kaizad Gustad.
“Tula Goenka has done something outstanding for over 10 years she interviewed 28 directors from across the country, including a diaspora director. Not Just Bollywood has stalwarts of Indian cinema like Shyam Benegal, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Rituparno Ghosh, Onir, Rakesh Roshan, Yash Chopra, Mira Nair amongst others. And within the space of a single book, Tula has not only captured the personal idiom of each director, but through each individual journey, presented a 360 degree view of how cinema evolved in India, especially over the last 60 years, be it the family drama, the new-wave socially responsible films, the roller-coaster Bollywood fare, the crime thrillers or the sci-fi blockbusters. Truly a work that straddles the scholarly and the entertaining” Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International.
Meghna Ghai Puri, President Whistling Woods International said, “We are excited about the new addition to our art & culture initiative as Whistling Woods Andheri Base and am thankful to Tula Goenka to have chosen this hub to launch her book ‘Not Just Bollywood – Indian Director’s Speak’ that interviews almost 28 directors, and is set to inspire the gen-next of film makers.”
Double the size of Bandra, the Andheri base has mirrors on two of the walls and a small platform of frames with pictures of famous artistes. It plans to launch books by outstanding authors, offer healing art/yoga mornings, entertaining acts such as gigs, book readings, play readings, film screenings and stand-up comics act in the night.
The Film club will be a big highlight at this venue where big directors will be seen exchanging insights about their work with gen-next film makers. There are plans to screen short films to open mindset of the people to appreciate Indian and International cinema.
The evening was alive with a mesmerizing jazz performance by Dee Wood and Azeem Banatwala’s brilliant comic timing had everyone in splits.
About Whistling Woods International:
Founded by one of the India’s leading filmmakers – Subhash Ghai and is promoted by Mukta Arts Limited & Filmcity Mumbai. Whistling Woods International (WWI) is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute, providing world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television. Whistling Woods has also been rated amongst the top 10 film schools in the world. The WWI Mumbai campus is located inside Mumbai’s film & television production hub ‘Filmcity’, and offers courses that vary in duration from 1 year to 3 years, both full-time and part time in nature.
About Whistling Woods Andheri Base
Taking the idea forward, Whistling Woods Andheri Base, a spacious and multifaceted avatar is created to attract art & culture lovers. The three forces behind this space are Subhash Ghai, Meghna Ghai Puri, President Whistling Woods and music artiste Dee Wood who also teaches at Whistling Woods. Double the size of Bandra, the place has mirrors on two of the walls and a small platform of frames with pictures of famous artists. Since Andheri is hugely different from Bandra because of a lot from single professionals, ‘Whistling Woods Andheri Base’ has plans to launch books by outstanding authors, offer healing art/yoga mornings, entertaining acts such as gigs, book readings, plat readings, film screenings and stand-up comics act in the night. Film club will be a big highlight at this venue where big directors will be seen exchanging insights about their work with gen-next film makers. There are plans to screen short films to open mindset of the people to appreciate Indian and International cinema.