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Half-baked news, FTII and Hollywood

According to this report on Yahoo India FTII has entered into a collaboration with Hollywood.

The Films and Television Institute of India (FTII) of Pune and the Satyajit Ray Film Institute of Kolkata will soon collaborate with Hollywood, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said here Monday.

Addressing the 7th Editors’ Conference on Social Sectors, the minister said that the state-supported institutes would collaborate with Hollywood on various aspects of film production.

Hollywood who, Hollywood what? Give us some more information. I suspect this is lazy public communication and journalism. Given that agencies have no interest to probe further when news is supplied on a plate — and Indian government departments as a rule make information as arcane as possible — one should not be surprised if information that half-baked information is out in the public sphere. Not surprisingly, there is no information on this on the FTII web site.

The Indian Express had reported that FTII and the Satyajit Ray Film Institute had signed MoUs with French institutes FEMIS and INASUP for a student from India to spend a summer in France (INDIA, FRANCE TO PROMOTE HERITAGE SITES, TOURISM, Feb 16, 2007, Lexis Nexis).

The news (or lack of it) about FTII’s collaboration with Hollywood is frustrating as it is not informative except for the headline grabbing tactic of the ageny and the news outlets. I hope to meet the enthusiastic director of FTII Tripurari Sharan later this month and will get a sensible response from him. Till then…

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