Day-2 of the world’s first Hybrid International Film Festival by educational institutions of two countries organized by DME Media School of Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, India in association with the School of Communications and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Australia, saw the informative exchange of ideas by students, scholars, and filmmakers on December 16.
On the day, two Panel discussions and a Workshop took place and 41 films from documentary and fiction categories were also screened on the official website of CIFFI.
The first session on “OTT Media Consumption by Indian youth” saw students of Media School, DME discussing the changing media consumption patterns especially with the emergence of OTT platforms in the post-Covid scenario. From calling the OTT platform a buffet of various genres to describing their favorite shows, students shared their thoughts and views on how OTT has made all the difference today and theater watching has become a passé. The panel comprised Aryan Kuthi, Tanishka Tiwari, Swastika Mishra, and Nitin Gupta, all students of second-year Media School, DME. The session was moderated by Kirti Mathur, another student of Media School, DME.
While introducing the session, Dr. Ambrish Saxena, Professor and Dean, DME Media School and Festival Director, CIFFI 2021 emphasized the relevance of content and viewership on the OTT platforms. “As youth form the majority of viewership of the OTT, it becomes imperative to understand how the youth of today analyses the media consumption on the OTT platforms,” he said.
Initiating the discussion, Tanishka Tiwari expressed that she has been watching her favorite shows on OTT. “Covid brought a paradigm shift in the entertainment. TV was replaced by OTT platforms. It provided a comfortable space as far as entertainment was concerned,” Tanishka said.
Nitin pointed out that OTT has been an escape from reality. “Although I am a binge movie watcher, OTT has given me a personal space of entertainment,” he said.
Talking about how OTT content is different from traditional media, Swastika Mishra pointed out that traditional media content was clichéd and presented a stereotypical view. “OTT provides rich content for viewers,” she said.
Aryan Kuthi spoke about the popularity of the Animation genre and the popularity of anime shows in India. “Although animations are widely seen by the viewers in the country, it is yet to reach the level where it can describe as popular,” he maintained.
Dr. Susmita Bala, Professor and Head, DME Media School and Festival Associate Director, CIFFI 2021 concluded the session by appreciating the efforts put in by the students. “OTT is not just for the youth, even the elderly and housewives equally enjoy the OTT space,” she said.
The second panel discussion of the day was moderated by Ms. Manmeet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Media School, DME on the topic ‘Dilip Kumar-A Legend and His Milestones’. The session was organized in collaboration with New Delhi Film Foundation (NDFF)
Dr. Ambrish Saxena, Professor, and Dean, DME Media School and Festival Director, CIFFI 2021, while introducing the session fondly remembered Dilip Kumar, “Dilip Kumar embodies an era in Indian cinema. “The festival would have been incomplete without paying tribute to Dilip Kumar as an actor,” he said.
Prof Jawari Mal Parakh, a veteran film scholar, author, and media educator explained the rise of Dilip Kumar as an actor as a phenomenon of the Nehruvian period. “To understand Dilip Kumar is to understand the period he lived and worked in. Dilip Kumar epitomized hope, aspirations, and struggle of the middle-class Indian of that time,” he said.
Senior film critique and scholar Ms. Shoma Chatterji reminisced Dilip Kumar as an actor and recounted his performance through some of his landmark films. She gave a critical eye view of his performances. She defined the thespian actor as a “sociological metaphor of his time.”
Mr. Amitaabh Srivastava, Senior Journalist and President of New Delhi Film Foundation (NDFF) described Dilip Kumar through his acting. “He was not only an honest actor and a class apart actor. He was also a good human being,” he said. “His intense depiction of love on the screen would connect heart-to-heart with the audience,” Mr. Amitaabh commented.
Dr. Susmita Bala, Professor and Head, DME Media School and Festival Associate Director, CIFFI 2021 concluded the session by describing the session as extraordinary. “We learned so many unknown facts about Dilip Kumar. Mere a session on Dilip Kumar cannot be enough to describe Dilip Kumar. There is still so much to learn about him,” she said.
The final session of the day was a Workshop on ‘Acting from theatre to films’ with Mr. Kanwar Deepak Gulati, theatre and film practitioner, writer, actor, and director. The workshop was hosted by Dr. Tinam Borah, Assistant Professor, Media School, DME.
Dr. Ambrish Saxena, Professor and Dean, DME Media School and Festival Director, CIFFI 2021, said that cinema opens a plethora of opportunities for young aspiring actors. “Such workshops on acting help students in horning their skills and learning the deep nuances of the art of acting, “ he said.
While differentiating acting as art between theatre and cinema, Mr. Gulati pointed out that acting in theatre is done to satisfy the audience sitting in the front and the last rows, and the audience sitting in the last row may not be able to even see the actor’s face. They are largely dependent on their gestures. In films, on the other hand, acting is done for the camera.
“If you are an actor in a film underplay as much as possible because you are a tool in the hands of the director or the scriptwriter to tell a story or an idea,” Mr. Gulati explained.
Concluding the workshop, Dr. Susmita Bala, Professor and Head, DME Media School and Festival Associate Director said, “Whether it is for the theatre or for cinema, acting is an art that only a few are able to master. The session covered so many aspects of acting that are so crucial, especially for new learners. Especially, learning the difference between acting for cinema in front of the camera and acting for a live audience is a very important lesson for any actor,” she said.
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