Mahesh Bhatt interacts with students of Manipal2 min read
Manipal: “Power of Inspiration,” an initiative by Tehelka was held in the T.M.A Pai hall on September 28, from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm. The event saw prominent filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and Ajay Chaturvedi, Founder and Chairman of HarVa coming down to deliver a talk on ‘How to Transform India’ to the students of Manipal University.
The event started off with the Founder Trustee of Tehelka Foundation, Puneeta Roy addressing the packed hall. She said, “Tehelka Foundation is a not for profit trust which works with young and active citizens like you towards community issues which are hindering the country’s development.”
The audience was then introduced to Ajay Chaturvedi, one of the CNN IBN Young Indian Leader awardees last year. Talking about his company, he said, “HarVa aims at employing 5,000 women in the next two to three years through its various socio-capitalist business models and 10,000 women in the next five to six years.” He further added, “In India, the problem is the youth usually think that money is the answer to all the problems; but it is not, it is just a means to the end.” He also encouraged them to “learn how to think and not what to think.”
The other speaker for the event was Mahesh Bhatt who was welcomed with thunderous applause. When the floor was thrown open for questions, he was flooded with a variety of them ranging from films to politics to his personal life.
Later in the day he interacted with the students of Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC). On being asked about his opinion on cinema being too commercial today, he said, “Filmmakers are businessmen. They want to make money. Mainstream cinema is in the illusion manufacturing business and not the reality creation business.”
Sumit Mittal, a second year BAJC student of MIC said, “It was an honour to interact with the likes of Ajay Chaturvedi and Mahesh Bhatt personally. I am a big fan of Mr. Bhatt’s movies and it was a memorable experience meeting him.”
The event ended on a philosophical note with Bhatt saying, “The real courage is to live life on your own terms and not to impose them on anybody.”
Sub-edited by Shiv Nair