Youth gets FTII entry

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  • Published 22.12.09

Jamshedpur, Dec. 21: Local lad Krishna Kumar Soren has bagged a place at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

Soren has been selected for a three-year diploma in cinematography and is the only student being selected from eastern India though he appeared for the test from Mumbai this year.

“I feel I am lucky as very few get a chance at this institute. I will try to become a bridge between the youth of my state and the Mumbai film industry. I hope to give my juniors good guidance if nothing more,” said Soren.

FTII is an autonomous institute under the Union ministry of information and broadcasting. FTII has churned out names like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Jaya Bachchan, Subhash Ghai, Mahesh Bhatt, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Resul Pookutty, Rajkumar Hirani and Prakash Jha to name some of them.

Soren passed out from the Karim City College in 2007 with a degree in mass communication-video production and has been interested in cinematography since then.

“Capturing life on my camera was my hobby and my course in my graduation made me more interested in the subject. But the lack of exposure in the steel city forced me to leave for Mumbai, where I worked for two years with well-known cinematographer Amit Roy. I have him to thank for whatever technicalities I learnt,” said Soren.

“It was a dream come true as we film students have always hoped to get into these kind of national institutes from the beginning of our career. It took me time to realise that I was also a part of the institute, which has given such talent to the film industry,” said Soren who has already shot two Santhali musical albums, Mali Bah Bone and Jabee la do.