Ajman: Jijoy P Rajagopal, an Indian film and theatre personality, director, filmmaker, and professor at the Film and Television Institute of India – FTII, Pune-India, was in Ajman (UAE), for the acting workshop of a film crew.
TheBrew, Managing Director, Shaneer N Siddiqui, got the opportunity to interact with Jijoy and had a conversation on regional cinema, and understanding social issues through cinema. His experience with landmark movies like Jai Bheem. He said that Bollywood is more commercial, though, in regional cinema, we are still addressing the social and societal problems. In recent times south Indian movies are performing well in Hindi audiences also, which is a good sign for regional cinema- he added.
Jijoy is an international theatre artist who performed more than 380 shows internationally. He played Oberon and Theaseus in the Shakespearean play A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Mr. Tim Supple (U.K). From April 2006 to December 2009. This play gave 365 shows in 28 cities in six countries on four continents i.e. England, Italy, India, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. Under the auspices of the British Council, Dash Arts, UK Act Productions, the UK for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Jijoy said that he observed theatre as a tool for scientific temperament and incorporates it through acting workshops mostly in India and in Middle Eastern countries.
About: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is a film institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India and is aided by the Central Government of India. It is situated on the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Film Company in Pune. It was established in 1960 and its alumni include technicians, actors, and directors in the film and television industry.