A Tale of Two Acting Institutes : FTII & NSD


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           OCTOBER 28 , 2012           01.15 A.M.

I start my blog with salutations to Shri Roshan Taneja , Ex Head of FTII [ Film & Television Institute of India ] and Ebrahim Alkazi , Ex Head of NSD [ National School of Drama ] .

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

With Shri Roshan Taneja in His Office

Then I proceed to submit that apart from above mentioned two giants of Acting Training , I don’t like the present dispensation of these so-called premiere acting institutes of India .

Let me take their case one by one .

NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA :

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This so-called premiere school boasts of the alumni , which could be the dream of any Acting Trainer of India . This famous theatre training institute was established in 1959 in New Delhi by the Sangeet Natak Akademi . In 1975 it became an independent school .

National School of Drama

National School of Drama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First batch of NSD was passed out in 1961 . After this Ebrahim Alkazi took over the reigns and helmed the affair of the school from 1962 to 1977 . It was the golden period of NSD .

In 2008 , though the NSD celebrated its Golden Jubilee , but the shine  , the sheen had gone . I fail to understand the attitude of the present day students of NSD . They think that since they have done an acting course from NSD , so the whole world should invariably acknowledge their eminence . They behave as if whole universe is indebted to them because they have done two years training in NSD . Their immortal arrogance precede their mortal body . This is precisely the reason that they are not very successful in Hindi Film Industry .

FILM & TELEVISION INSTITUTE OF INDIA :

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This premier film acting institute was established in 1960 by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting , Government of India . The present campus is situated in the holy precincts of erstwhile Prabhat Film Company , Pune .

Notable alumni

I do agree that this an enviable list . Any Acting Trainer of India can die for such illustrious students . But what is the present condition ? Why this institute is unable to churn such illustrious students any more ? What happened after Shri Roshan Taneja’s departure ?

Can any one answer ? NSD and FTII were successful with enviable record during the tenure of Shri Ebrahim Alkazi and Shri Roshan Taneja respectively . After their departure mediocrity started ruling and these glorious institutions became just buildings , just structures .

Great institutions are governed by great minds , giant personalities . They can’t be run by upstarts and dwarfs . I can’t comment much about NSD but I know the root cause of the deterioration and subsequent demise of FTII . After departure of Shri Roshan Taneja , every Tom , Dick & Harry rushed to FTII and became Acting Trainers . In front of 10 / 20 captive students they proclaimed themselves as the incarnation of Constantin Stanislavski . People managing the affairs of FTII had and have no vision . They employed every wannabe , every upstart , every so-called veteran actors as Acting Coach and these frustrated Dilip Kumars and Amitabh Bachchans ruined the great FTII .

The decadence is apparent , degeneration is palpable and death is imminent . I have one student in the current batch of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , who has completed two years acting course from FTII . She is beautiful and is definitely talented . But because of wrong training , she is struggling in my class . She is not at fault . Fault lies at the door of their trainers , who proclaim themselves as the reincarnation of Constantin Stanislavski and dish out half – baked knowledge . It never happened during the tenure of Shri Roshan Taneja .

Is there any remedy ? Will these two institutes be able to come out of ICU ? Can there be another Ebrahim Alkazi and Roshan Taneja ?

On behalf of myself and on behalf of all the students of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters and whole family of Vidur’s Kreating Charakters , I pray to the almighty for the long life of NSD and FTII ! May the future be more glorious and shining than the illustrious past !

[ List of the alumni of FTII is taken from Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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Verghese Kurien : ” Utterly Butterly …. ” Milkman


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           SEPTEMBER 17 , 2012           00.40 A.M.

It is a unique example . It is very rare . It doesn’t happen very often that the man who created the brand was eclipsed by it . Amul became more famous than its creator Dr. Verghese Kurien . Amul baby became a part and parcel of our lives .

Amul Milk

Amul Milk (Photo credit: Artiii)

An Amul butter ad on Pakistan's Kargil War fia...

An Amul butter ad on Pakistan’s Kargil War fiasco. The image shows the “Amul baby” in between George Fernandes and Atal Behari Vajpayee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Known as Milkman of India , Dr. Verghese Kurien , died on September 09 , 2012 at the age of 90 . He was father of The White Revolution in India . He was the initiator of the Operation Flood and he founded the largest milk cooperative movement in the world , known as Amul . It is considered World’s Biggest agricultural Development Programme . He is solely responsible in making India the largest milk producer country of the world , though few years before his advent , India was a milk deficient nation . After his arrival on the scene , India even surpassed United States of America in milk production .

English: Entrance of AMUL factory, Anand

Entrance of AMUL factory, Anand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Amul Plant at Anand featuring the Hig...

Amul Plant at Anand featuring the High capacity Milk Silos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gujarat Co-Operative Milk Marketing Federation was owned and managed by farmers and run by professions . As the founding chairman of the GCMMF , Kurien was instrumental in creation and success of the Amul brand of dairy product .

English: Amul has spurred the White Revolution...

Amul has spurred the White Revolution of India, which has made India the largest producer of milk and milk products in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I came to know about his work when I saw ” Manthan ” [ 1976 ] , a film directed by Shyam Benegal . It was a novel experience . In stead of a regular producer , this film was funded by the 5 Lakh members of the GCMMF . They each contributed INR 2.00 each and thus funded the film . It won critical acclaim and even won 3 National Awards . It had brilliant performances by Naseeruddin Shah , Smita Patil , Girish Karnad , Amrish Puri and Anant Nag . I , for the first time , noticed the performance of Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the film . Film’s title song ” Mero Gaam Kathaparey ……………” , sung by Preeti Sagar , still haunts me . In 1976 it was the official entry of India for the Academy Awards .

Manthan

Manthan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Verghese Kurien was awarded Padma Shri in 1965 , Padma Bhushan in 1966 and Padma Vibhushan in 1999 by the government of India .

It is sad that during his last years Dr. Kurien was ousted from the organisation , which he founded and nurtured ,  by a unscupulous colleague . In 2006 he was forced to quit the post of  Chairman of GCMMF . He resigned and retired .

I deeply mourn his death . Farewell milkman ! You changed the definition of our quintessential milkman .

 

VIDUR

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA

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