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WWI a gateway to seventh art

Aspiring Sri Lankan filmmaker Mihiri Kumarasinghe who recently graduated from the Whistling Woods International Institute (WWI) is ready to start her film career as a filmmaker.

Mihiri Kumarasinghe

The first Sri Lankan to graduate from the well-known film academy, young Mihiri specialized in Direction during her two year education and experiences. The graduation ceremony of WWI was held in the presence of Indian film industry’s eminent personalities like Oscar nominated Shekar Kapur, director of “Bandit Queen” and “Elizabeth”, Gulzar Saab for song in ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’, Shammi Kapoor famous actor in 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and brain child of WWI, leading filmmaker Subhash Ghai.

“I am very glad to be a full time student and the programme covered many aspects in filmmaking,” she told the TV Times. She said that she was planning to start her career in Bollywood and that she had already made certain arrangements.

‘I hope to use the network that I have developed in the Indian film industry to include Indian filmmakers to come to Sri Lanka,’ Mihiri said describing her future plans. WWI is Asia’s largest film, television, animation and media arts institute, providing world-class education in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television.

The campus is based in Mumbai’s Film and Television Production centre Film city, and offers courses in all major specializations, including acting, animation, cinematography, Direction, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting and Sound as well as Television and Broadcasting Studies.

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