Syed Noor not happy with NCA teaching
LAHORE: Film director Syed Noor on Friday described the National College of Arts’ film studies as a non-qualitative course, saying NCA film and TV department students consult him on filmmaking.
Noor invited the media to a press briefing, which did not have any focal point, at his Shabab Studio on Multan Road — at a considerable distance from Lahore.
To the surprise of a number of media persons, the press conference was filmed by Noor for his upcoming film on honour killing entitled the “Price of Honour”. None of the media people had even the slightest idea about the gimmick the worthy director played by shooting the conference to make it a part of his movie.
Speaking at the briefing, which was more than an hour behind the schedule, Noor said he arranged the briefing to talk to the media about his upcoming movie “Price of Honour”, the crisis of the film industry, his film academy and three other films. He said it was the first ever Pakistani film from the parallel cinema.
He said the 80-minute long “Price of Honour” was an Urdu film with English name starring new actors. He said the actors were selected from a private channel’s acting competition. The film was a collective package on honour killing, karokari and stoning-to-death issues. The director, however, did not announce the launch date for the movie.
The present crisis of the film industry was not addressed at all, except when the director said he kept himself aloof from meetings and discussions taking place for the revival of the cinema, adding he was serving the film industry by establishing a film academy.
“NCA keeps teaching students at the film and TV department for four years, but I tell you we shall teach a student for six months only and he or she will be master of his art,” the director said. Referring to the NCA, he said film could not be taught with a bunch of TV people and just one video camera.