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The Beast

Dear Bollywood

Today is the day. No, not the day I take on a 15 hour flight. Not yet the day I say goodbye. Today is the day I tackle the beast. This so-called beast is blue, large enough to fit me inside and ready to take on India! This beast is otherwise known as my suitcase.

For a few weeks now I have been setting aside what I might want to bring and what I will be leaving behind. This has resulted in a disastrous mess in the entry room of my house and my bedroom. It seriously looks like a tornado went through my room, leaving a sock here and a dress there. So today is the day I go through the rubble.

In these past weeks, as I’ve been setting aside my possessions, it also seems as though I’ve been setting aside my feelings. Deep down I’ve had stirrings of excitement mixed with slight freak-out, but nothing has been exactly strong. I guess this has to do with the fact that until today, until I looked at this suitcase, I didn’t really believe this could be happening. Since my senior year in high school I’ve been looking forward to this trip. This trip had a great part in influencing my decision to come to ‘Cuse. But nothing really seems real until it’s right in front of you.

Now that I know this is really happening, that in only two days I’ll embark on a trip that will change me for the rest of my life, all I can feel is full. No, not full like I just ate some delicious meal, but full of happiness, expectations, fright (but only in the best of ways) and gratitude.

I am so excited to be sharing this experience with eight other students and my fabulous professor. Anthony, Danielle, Gautam, Iris, Kelvin, Luis, Mina, Shauna and Professor Goenka, get excited, and even though I already know you are, get more excited!! Get ready to have the experiences of your lives. Get ready to have a job that won’t require you to ‘work’ a day. And get ready to fill your minds and hearts with memories that you’ll share with everyone you meet in the future for the rest of your lives.

As I sit on top of the beast, zipping it tight, I know I am ready for anything Mumbai throws my way.


An Anxious American Girl ♥


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Syracuse University is back in “Bollywood” for a fourth time. Follow our blog and follow us on Twitter also. #SUBollywood

Students travel to Bollywood, study with Indian filmmakers

May 4, 2012

By Wendy S. Loughlin • (315) 443-2785

Nine students from the Newhouse School will soon embark on a 15-hour flight to Mumbai, India, as part of the SU Abroad course “Bollywood Snapshots: SU Internships in Mumbai.” This is the fourth time the course has been offered.

Under the direction of Tula Goenka, associate professor of television-radio-film in the Newhouse School, the four-week internship course allows students to work directly with Indian filmmakers and production companies.

The course is based at leading Bollywood director Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International (WWI) Institute for Film, Television and Media Arts, and various other locations in Mumbai. Students will leave on May 18 and return to the United States on June 20. As in past years, the trip will include a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

“I was so impressed the first time I visited Whistling Woods International campus in 2007, I knew I had to share it with my students,” says Goenka. “Since then, I have brought 30 Newhouse students to Bombay to receive hands-on experience in the Hindi film and television industry. It’s a life-changing experience for them, and it never would have been possible without WWI.”

Despite recent legal issues regarding the land deal that allowed WWI to be built, Goenka says the institute is “ready to welcome students with open arms once again.”

The students will blog about their experiences at https://subollywood2012.wordpress.com. Follow them on Twitter via #SUBollywood.

Participating students include Gautam Badgujar, Anthony DiBiase, Alexandra Hayes, Mina Johnson, Luis Lopez, Iris Park, Kelvin Sherman, Danielle Skipper and Kishauna Soljour.

Goenka, who was born and raised in India, has more than 30 years of experience in the film and television industry. She serves as co-director of SU’s annual Illuminating Oppression: Human Rights Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on a documentary film on Mithila painters in the Madhubani region of Bihar, India. Her book, “Not Just Bollywood: Conversations with Indian Movie Directors,” will be published later this year by Om Books International.

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