Whistling Woods International Institute

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Whistling Woods International Institute

TypeFilm Institute
FounderSubhash Ghai
PresidentMeghna Ghai Puri[1]
CampusFilmcity Complex, Goregaon (East), Mumbai

The Whistling Woods International Institute (WWI) is a film, communication, and creative arts institute established in 2006, located at Filmcity Complex, Goregaon, Mumbai. It was ranked amongst top 10 best film schools [2] in the world by The Hollywood Reporter in the year 2010, 2013, and 2014.[1]

WWI was founded by Subhash Ghai, an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Meghna Ghai-Puri is the president of WWI. WWI offers programmes accredited by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).[3] As of 2019, the institute has more than 1900 alumni.[4] WWI was accepted as a full member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision), the International Association of Film and Television Schools, in 2010.[5]


The founder of WWI is Subhash Ghai and the president is Meghna Ghai-Puri. The institute has a governing body under which its administration is chaired by the Dean and Executive Director, Ravi Gupta.[6] Rahul Puri is the Head of Academics at WWI.


WWI offers 3-year graduate, 2-year post-graduate diploma, 4-year integrated graduate and post-graduate diploma and 1-year certificate programmes in filmmaking, fashion, design, animation, music, acting and media & communication.[7]


In 2011, Sony Corp. collaborated with WWI to launch Sony Media Technology Centre (SMTC) to provide training to media professionals and students of WWI in 4K and HDR technology.[8] WWI also offers a comprehensive 3D stereoscopic filmmaking pipeline from the camera to screen.[9] The institute’s facilities were expanded in 2015 by collaborating with YouTube to set up a YouTube space and YouTube Educator Lab in the campus.[10] In 2016, WWI partnered with Foxconn Technology Group to set up Foxconn Media Lab to promote digital content creation.[11] WWI Jio Reality Lab, a lab set up by WWI in partnership with Reliance Jio in 2018, offers training on cinematic virtual reality (VR).[12]

Supreme Court[edit]

The admission arguments for the Review Petitions of Mukta Arts and Whistling Woods International were heard in the High Court on 30 July 2014. The High Court has admitted the petitions and issued an interim order, staying its order passed in February 2012 and allowing Whistling Woods International to continue its operations in its campus in Film City, Mumbai. The final order will be passed after detailed arguments are heard when the review petitions come up for hearing.[13][14]


The institute’s founder, Subhash Ghai, was awarded the Education Evangelist of India by Skilltree in 2013.[15] Skilltree Knowledge Consortium described WWI as one of the Global League-Indian Institutes.[16]

President of WWI, Meghna Ghai-Puri, was awarded honorary fellowship by Bradford College, UK, in 2013.[17] In 2019, she was awarded The Economic Times Best Education Brands of India, for her contribution in the field of education in cinema.[18]

Notable Alumni[edit]

a. Animation

  • Kavan Ahalpara

b. Film editing

  • Nitin Baid

c. Sound recording

  • Sohel Sanwari

d. Acting

e. Filmmaking

f. Music production & composition

  • Chirag Soni

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The best film schools in the world". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ "Top international film schools for rising Asian talent". Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ "TISS & Whistling Woods International team up to offer graduate degrees". 12 February 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Whistling Woods International announces the dates for the second round of entrance examinations for July 2019 intake". 25 March 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Meghna Ghai Puri: Film industry trail-blazer". 17 November 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Ravi Gupta takes over as CEO, Mukta Arts and ED, Whistling Woods". 28 April 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Private film schools fulfilling dreams". 21 January 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Sony announces new 4K and HDR technology equipment". 6 October 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Study Abroad: The Top 15 International Film Schools". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ "First YouTube Space in India opens in Mumbai at Whistling Woods International". 4 December 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  11. ^ "World's biggest electronics contract firm Foxconn announces $5-bn FDI". 9 August 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Reliance Jio partners Whistling Woods to set up VR lab in Mumbai". 5 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Subhash Ghai gets SC breather on Whistling Woods". 23 September 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Supreme Court orders Subhash Ghai to return land, slams Vilasrao Deshmukh". NDTV.com. 4 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Education is a long-term investment, says Santosh Desai". 24 December 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Great Place to Study Research Institute hosts 2nd India Edition: Provides GLI Certification to 14 universities & colleges". 7 December 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  17. ^ "UK fellowship for Mumbai film institute chief". 11 December 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  18. ^ "The Economic Times Honours Meghna Ghai Puri For Her Contribution To The Field Of Film, Communication And Creative Arts". Retrieved 13 June 2019.

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