Amity University Jharkhand, 17/04/2018: ‘A film builds a sense of shared humanity and gives voice to the marginalized and the scorned’. Keeping this spirit of films in mind, Amity University Jharkhand organized the inauguration ceremony of “Cineroma”, the Film Society of the institution, which is aimed at providing students with a platform for exposing out their inner talents. Its prime motive is to introduce students to the universe of films and its diverse capacity to address the issues related to the common people.
“Camera is a tool, that strengthens me and channelizes my abilities”, said Mr. Biju Toppo, the prestigious National Film Award winner. Mr. Bijju Toppo and Mr. Meghnath Bhattacharya, the Chief Guests of the event belong to Akhra, a pioneering group that has been making films on indigenous peoples' issues since 1995. Mr. Bhattacharya stressed on the fact that how cinema has been the most misunderstood subject today, and how its scope has only been confined to entertainment. The duo have produced many award-winning films concerned about burning issues relevant to indigenous people’s survival in India.
“Creativity is at its peak now. I feel that intelligence has been personified here, and I want to produce a film, influenced by our honorable guests”, says Prof. (Dr.) Raman Kumar Jha, the Hon. Vice-Chancellor of Amity University Jharkhand. The program began with the lighting of the lamp followed by the felicitating the dignitaries and the chief Guests. “I connect Cinema with Vedas, Drama acts what literature says”, said Prof. Dr. Ajit Kr. Pandey, the Director of Amity University Jharkhand, emphasizing on the impact that Indian tradition and culture have on film making.
The major attraction of the event was the screening of the award winning film “The Bicycle Thief” directed by Vittorio De Sica, a renowned filmmaker. Given an honorary Oscar in 1949, routinely voted one of the greatest films of all time, revered as one of the foundation stones of Italianneo-realism, it is a simple, powerful film about a man who needs a job.
The event, which was primarily a student’s effort, concluded with the discussion on films and the ‘art of film making’.