Tula’s turned the spotlight to several trend breaking actors and directors at Dehradun International Film Festival, which attracted a large audience. The Bollywood stars at film festival included
- Rajpal Yadav
- Saurabh Shukla
- Seema Biswas
- Nasser Abdullah
- Sushma Seth
- Moushumi Chatterjee
Event also included the Ambassador of Taiwan, Chung Kwang Tien.
The films shown at the Tula’s auditorium included Piku, Shackle, Everlasting Moments and Page 3.
During their interaction with the Tulaites- Rajpal Yadav, Nasser Abdullah, Seema Biswas and Saurabh Shukla talked about their journey towards becoming a star, their struggles and anecdotes of success and failure.
Rajpal Yadav, who has made a whole generation of cinema-goers laugh, said that he was an average student at school but a very good listener. He advised students to concentrate on their studies and not to take films as a shortcut to success. He felt studies are very important in today’s age. He also enacted a few dialogues from some of his films.
Saurabh Shukla talked about his role in his upcoming movie ‘Fan’, in which he plays the role of a politician. He confessed he still has no idea what the term ‘black comedy’ means. He said that he did not have any single ideal actor he could look up to. He also confessed that he enjoys working with Shekhar Kapur, Anurag Basu, Rajat Kapur and Sudhir Mishra. He advised budding actors to study at a film school to hone their creative talents before jumping into cinema.
Seema Biswas elaborated on the film ‘Bandit Queen’, which made her famous. She also spoke about her film ‘Khamoshi’, in which she played a grandmother. Though initially hesitant about taking up the role, she took it despite her doubts; the film went on to becoming a big hit.
Nasser Abdullah spoke about his journey from walking the ramp to being on the screen. It was a very tough role, he admitted. He also urged men to treat women with respect. He considered a film festival as an event where people see good cinema and not movies developed for the mass market.
Tulaites enjoyed the session with the stars, which was followed by a lot of ‘selfies’.
It is a matter of delight that an event of such stature was held at Tula’s Institute. This festival is one of its kind event and has emerged to be one of the most important festivals in the northern region.
Tula’s is the only college in Uttarakhand to have provided such a grand exposure to its students.