Interaction of Ms Usha Deshpande, renowned film producer-director
Apr 7, 2022 GKFTII
The auditorium of Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India got charged with words of wisdom as Ms Usha Deshpande, renowned film producer-director from Mumbai, interacted with the students of GKFTII. She is a well-known face in the documentary films circuit whose films have been screened at festivals of Japan, France, Italy and many other countries. Her film ‘KHAYAL’ on Indian classical music brought all maestros of Indian classical music in one film.Maestros like Pandit Ravishankar, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Jasraj, Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Amjad Ali and many other contemporary maestros of Indian classical music were brought together under that film which, till date, remains a treasure for Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. Incidentally the landmark film was shot by Prof Kalyan Sarkar, Dean GKFTII. In her interaction, she emphasized the need of creating innovative ideas that the industry is starved off and indicatedthat such ideas would be lapped up instantly.She showed beginners the way to work on small budget sincere path-breaking ideas to compensate for lack of facilities and mega budget. Students were excited and were amused with her simplicity in spite of having taken up top posts in several companies like advertising head for erstwhile East West Airlines, ETV Marathi Head etc. Replying to students’ queries, she emphasized upon ‘sincerity in approach’ towards the work and simplicity in ideas that could connect one to the common people. She guided the students to prepare themselves in the art of pitching, keeping in tune with the changing trends of the industry.
Ms Usha Deshpande praised the faculty and the management extensively for their tremendous effort in bringing the fledging film school at par with the reputed ones in this short span of time. She reminded these initial batches of GKFTII students that they had a greater responsibility of building the reputation for themselves and for the institution. They must build up a GKFTII fraternity which would help the subsequent batches of students in future to find right direction in their quest in career. Prof Kalyan Sarkar, Dean, GKFTII invited her as future Guest Faculty for master-classes at Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India. At the end of the short, but well received session with the students, Prof Mansoor Naqvi, Associate Dean payed the vote of thanks.