Ashoka University Collaborates with Anupama Chopra for 13-Week Workshop Course


New Delhi: Ashoka University has collaborated with Anupama Chopra and Film Companion, Chopra’s entertainment portal, for a 13-week long workshop course called Filmmaker’s Companion. With the semester long course, Ashoka University aims to provide its undergraduate students an opportunity to learn the art of filmmaking with a complete hands-on Bollywood experience. The course is scheduled to start on January 25, 2020.

Filmmaker’s Companion has been curated by Ashoka University’s Media Studies department with the help of film critic and author Anupama Chopra and her popular portal, Film Companion. Chopra is also the Director of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star in Mumbai.

According to Chopra, “There has never been a more exciting or challenging time for storytellers. The entertainment world is changing at a rapid pace and with this in mind, we have created the Filmmaker’s Companion, a course that brings some of the industry’s top professionals to the education sector. We are thrilled to facilitate and curate a course in which students get the unique opportunity to learn from the best in the field”.

Describing the course, Head of Ashoka University’s Media Studies department, Professor Vaiju Naravane said, “This unique collaboration has produced an exciting course which will be taught by luminaries from the Indian film industry on every imaginable aspect of filmmaking”.

Specially designed for Ashoka University with the help of India’s finest film journalism platform, the course will introduce young minds to different aspects of filmmaking like direction, cinematography, sound design and production with heavyweights from the Hindi film industry invited as guest speakers to conduct seminar/workshops on different topics.

The course will begin with an introductory class by Suresh Chabria, former Director, the National Film Archives, and Professor, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). The department will host industry experts such as screenwriter Juhi Chaturvedi, popular songwriter Amitabh Bhattacharya, cinematographer Jay Oza, among others, for three-hour-long workshops. While Chaturvedi has written screenplays for films like October and Piku, Bhattacharya has songs like Iktara, Emotional Atyachar and others to his credit. More seminar-workshops on direction, production and film composition will follow.

This is a one-of-a-kind course for the spring 2020 semester. Filmmaker’s Companion will enable students to gain understanding of what goes into making a full-fledged cinema production.