A recent FICCI-EY Report forecasts the rapidly growing Media and Entertainment (M&E) sector in India to cross INR 2 trillion by 2020 at a CAGR of 11.6%. A host of skilled professionalsare required in various job roles to contribute effectivelytowards this growth. In order to emphasise on the importance of education and training in helping students excel in this highly competitive industry, Hindi film and television actorMr Mahesh Thakur shared his success story at the ‘Partner in Progress Forum-A Perspective from Film & Media Industry’ event, which was organized in the city today by UK-based The University of Bradford.
Apart from actor Mahesh Thakur, SaritaPatil (Vice-President, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures) and Selraj Patel (Executive Producer, Viacom 18 English) also participated in the panel discussion and spoke at length onhow choosing the relevant course and getting quality education in their area of interest helped them climb up the career ladder.Dr Carlton Reeve, who is the Head of the School for Media, Design and Technology at University of Bradford, chaired the Panel Discussion.
Talking about his journey as an actor, Mahesh Thakur said, “I started off as an actor purely on the basis of passion. In that era, there was no place where I could go and learn acting and noone to teach me soft skills. It was only trial and error. When I asked people what I needed to study to be an actor, they told me you need to study how to fight and throw punches, horse riding and lip syncing. Those were the skills that people could learn but those were secondary skills. Nobody, except NSD, taught you to work with emotions despite the fact that 70% of the movie was emotions. So where does one start? In my profession, it was passion and I think passion is required in every profession in order to grow and move ahead.”
While sharing some simple tricks with the students for survival and success in their chosen career, Selraj Patel said, “Employers everywhere look for people who will add value to their organization or to the work that they do. Even if you are not that confident about yourself when you appear for a job interview, show them that you are capable. Give them a reason that they have not heard before and make sure that your thoughts are out-of-the-box because only then they will seem genuine.”
Films and Media Studies are major focus areas for University of Bradford, which is amongstthe top 13 universities in the UK for these subjects. Moreover, the city of Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film and a key player in film, television and gaming. Over the years, a number of well-known movies, including Pink Floyd: The Wall, God’s Own Country, The King’s Speech, Wuthering Heights and Akshay Kumar starrer Gold, have been filmed extensively in the city.
On this occasion, the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor said, “Over the years, our University has played a pivotal role in grooming top-class media professionals. Our courses address the demands of the industry globally for talented professionals in various specializations related to this subject area. This event in Mumbai is an opportunity for us to celebrate higher education and its relationship with the industry and consider what more can be done to tackle the challenges of the 21st Century.”
The event also witnessed a speech by Professor Cantor on ‘Universities & Economic Development’, wherein he talked about Universities being the drivers of economic development. He said, “The world is facing global challenges on a scale not seen before: ill-health, poverty, climate change, energy supply, food security, migration and terrorism. Universities like Bradford are doing the research needed to understand these problems, and are teaching the next generation of world leaders who will have to find the solutions.” There was also a presentation by Mark Garratt (Director of External Affairs, University of Bradford) outlining why Indian students should choose Bradford as a university. The day concluded with a scintillating performance by singer AmrutaNatu.
The University’s ‘Partner in Progress Forum-A Perspective from Film & Media Industry’ eventaimed to spread awareness about the impact of global education exposure on the students andthe significance of higher education and the relation it possesses with the industry.The event was attended by school students, school counselors, recruitment agents as well as representatives from various universities, corporate and financial institutions.A number of University of Bradford alumni from Mumbai as well as those students from the city who have an offer from the University for the session starting from September 2019 were also present.
The University of Bradford has a number of strategic partnerships with educational institutions in India, including CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, LV Prasad Eye Institute and University of Ahmedabad. The University is also working on signing MoU’s for student exchange, staff exchange and research collaborations with IIT Mumbai, HR College of Commerce and Economics, IIT Delhi, IIM Bangalore, Wilson College as well as KJ Somaiya University to name few.