Film maker, actor Rajat Kapoor visits MERC

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Srinagar – Noted film-maker, TV actor, writer and theatre artist, Rajat Kapoor visited Media Education Research Centre (MERC) of Kashmir University on Saturday.
Addressing a special session attended by students, scholars and faculty at MERC, Kapoor said, “If we aspire to see a change in the society, we should be the change ourselves. If there is something wrong in the society, you cannot blame anybody else for that.”

Responding to a question regarding the possibilities for Kashmiri students, Rajat said, “You have a great potential but you have to create opportunities to prove your mettle.”

On the role of contemporary media, he said, “Onus lies on media. It should not project frivolous matters, but adopt a more serious approach towards highlighting the issues faced by the Kashmiri society.”

Rajat is known for his award winning portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi in the 1996 film “The Making of the Mahatma”.

One of his most popular TV roles was “Byomkesh Bakhshi”.Besides other contributions and achievements, Rajat has worked with famous director, Shayam Benegal for a number of movies which also include the famous trilogy: Mammo (1994)Sardari Begum (1996) and Zubaida (2001) which also won National Film Award.

Earlier while welcoming the guest, Head, MERC Prof. Mufeed Ahmad said, “These events are highly beneficial. If the department is not in a position to take the students to the film industry, our endeavour is to bring the eminent film personalities to the classrooms. The students should take full advantage of these opportunities.”

In his introductory remarks, senior faculty MERC, Nasir Mirza listed the contribution made by Rajat in the field of film, TV and theatre. “We look forward to such interactions with acclaimed artists with keenness and such interactions inspire and instil optimism,” said Mirza.

On the occasion, Rajat released the latest issue of MERC journal, Media Times.

Also present on the occasion were the senior faculty members of MERC including Dr Sabeha Mufti, Dr Aaliya Ahmed, Syeda Afshana, Malik Zahra and Muslim Jan.

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