Lucknow, Saturday, April 14, 2012: On the fifth day of the 4th International Children’s Film Festival (ICFF) being organized by City Montessori School (CMS) Films & Radio Division, famous Bollywood scriptwriter-lyricist-activist-poet Mr Javed Akhtar inspired many children with his words in the main WUCC auditorium at CMS Kanpur Road Campus.
While addressing the assembled gathering, he told the students that they were very lucky and they should have gratitude for their parents. He said that in India 4.5 crore children have not entered the gates of school and many of them were facing malnutrition. He added: “Dr Gandhi is doing so much and so many children are studying in his schools. I am very happy that in this school, besides studies, many other activities are organized.”
He expressed deep disappointment that out of 900 feature films being made in Bollywood (Hindi film industry) every year, nobody was interested in making films for children. Even TV channels were not showing good programmes for children that informed about the Indian culture and heritage. Talking about living life with focus, he said: “When the teacher writes on your copy ‘very good’ then you feel happy. Your parents, relatives and neighbours - all are happy. You might ask then: Why be excellent? You should be excellent, because it is about your self-esteem and that you are adamant that you need to be excellent. Nobody will ask you to be excellent, you have to do it for yourself.”
Getting philosophical, he added that just like a magnifying glass burns a hole in paper when held in the sun, in the same way each child was a sun, whose rays were spread out. All these rays needed to be focused to get proper result. He also gave the analogy that life was like a football and that it was important to take the football towards the goalpost.
Welcoming the celebrity guest Mr Javed Akhtar, Founder-Manager of CMS Dr Jagdish Gandhi said it was a moment of historical importance that a person of his stature had come to CMS. He also informed him about the 4th ICCF-2012 and that children from many schools were attending the festival daily, free of charge. He also said that CMS was running two radio stations – one in CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I and one in CMS Kanpur Road Campus, where 16 hours of radio programming was being broadcast daily in a coverage area of 12 kms in Lucknow. Dr Gandhi also mentioned that CMS Children’s Film Festival director Mr Varghese Kurian would be attending the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Earlier, Dr Gandhi also welcomed special guests Dr Rakeshwar Singh, Principal, Colvin Taluqdars’ College; Vice Principal of Stella Maris Inter College Sister Meera and incharge Sister Anugraha. All the invited guests were then escorted towards the stage for the traditional ceremony of lighting the lamp.
Almost 10,000 students from twenty-five Lucknow schools saw animations, documentaries and feature films full of important moral values and sensibilities that enabled students to absorb important lessons of life at a young age. The day began with the school prayer by City Montessori School (CMS) students.
Students from 25 Lucknow schools attended the screening on Saturday (April 14) both in morning and noon shows in WUCC auditorium. The schools were:
* Shanti Shiksha Mandir (Rajajipuram)
* Aashiyana Convent School (LDA Colony)
* Jai Hind Public School (Sharda Nagar)
* JMD Public High School (Gomti Nagar)
* Colvin Taluqdars’ College (University Road)
* The City School (Rae Bareli Road)
* Stella Maris Inter College (Kanpur Road)
* National Shiksha Niketan College (Madhuban Nagar)
* AKD Public Inter College (Alambagh)
* SM Public School (Manak Nagar)
* New Awasiya Public School (Krishna Nagar)
* UP Sainik School (Sarojini Nagar)
* APS Academy (Rae Bareli Road)
* TD Girls Inter College (Gomti Nagar)
* Jyoti Children School (Sadar Bazar)
* Balika Vidya Niketan Intermediate College (Wala Kadar Road)
* Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (Kanpur Road)
* Comred Montessori School Samiti (Aliganj)
* Comred Montessori School Samiti (Aadil Nagar)
* SPARC – India’s Jyoti Kiran School (Barabanki)
* SPARC – India’s Jyoti Kiran School (Mehmoodabad Road)
* Shubh Kamna Academy (Rajajipuram)
* Prathmik Vidyalaya (Bulaki Adda)
* SKD Academy (Rajajipuram)
* SKD Academy (Gomti Nagar)