ASPIRING film-makers and students of the Fiji National University had the pleasure of being introduced to Professor Subhankar Ghosh, one of the biggest movers and shakers of the Indian cinema industry.
The Bollywood veteran is the first holder of the Dadasaheb Phalke chairperson of the Indian Cinema/Film Production at FNU and will be attached to the FNU UniStudios at Raiwai Campus for a year.
"If the students take the step now, then their future is secure for the film and television industry," Professor Ghosh said.
He said FNU was helping to nurture the students' talents and he was here to help.
"I have come with the same desire, to do the most I can do for the students.
"They are of top priority for me and for that I request the help of my seniors here, and then we will certainly succeed.
"Films and television series can be made when there are talented technicians around.
"That is where I will be playing my part, in training them so that FNU can provide technicians from the lowest to highest level."
Indian High Commissioner Vinod Kumar said Professor Ghosh would be part of the teaching and production staff of the university's Film, Media and Journalism Department.
FNU vice chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand said the veteran's arrival would benefit not just the university but the whole nation by stimulating interest in film-making in Fiji and the region.
The university and the Indian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding on February 3, 2010, establishing the chair of Indian Cinema/Film Production for three years.
The Dadasaheb Phalke award was introduced by the Indian Government in 1969. It is a prestigious cinema award given every year to a prominent personality who has contributed significantly to Bollywood.