Launch Ceremony of BNU TV & Film Society
The launch ceremony of BNU TV & Film Society (BTFS) was held on October 29, 2015 under the aegis of Department of Theatre, Film and Television (TFT), School of Media and Communication (SMC). Esteemed guests from the world of film and television graced the occasion. Present at the launch were veteran Pakistani film director and producer, Syed Noor, who has recently received Lifetime Achievement Award at Lux Style Awards; TV Director Mr. Ayub Khawar of Nelaam Ghar and Zia Muhyuddin show fame; internationally acclaimed actor Mr. Salman Shahid; and actor, producer, director Ali Tahir of Teen Bata Teen fame.
Also present were Vice Chancellor BNU, Mr. Shahid Hafiz Kardar; Dean SMC, Dr. Taimur-ul-Hassan; Head of Department TFT, Mr. Urooj Samdani besides faculty, staff and students of BNU.
Mr. Urooj Samdani started the proceedings by thanking the guests and introducing BNU TV & Film Society (BTFS). He said that the society has been founded to give students the opportunity to experiment & learn from the experts of the field. He said that BTFS will extend its platform to open opportunities for creative expression and experimentation beyond BNU and encourage students from different institutions in Lahore to come forward with their ideas and transform them into executable productions.
After this, a show reel of students’ work was shown which was highly appreciated by the guests. TFT students also gave a live musical performance which received thunderous applause from the crowd.
While speaking on the occasion, the guests hailed the formation of BNU TV & Film Society (BTFS) and flourishing of film schools as a positive step towards the progress of entertainment industry in Pakistan. Mr. Syed Noor and Mr. Ayub Khawar appreciated the efforts of Department of Theatre, Film and TV for providing students with a platform to nourish their talent and skills in the fields of television and film. Speaking at the ceremony, Syed Noor said, “The youth of today is much fortunate than us since they have institutions like BNU to hone their innate creative talents. In our times, we did not have such privileges”.
Mr. Ali Tahir stressed on the utilization of young creative minds for the progress of Pakistan’s Film industry. He said that we need to support the flourishing of indigenous productions rather depending on overseas onslaught on Pakistani culture.
The event concluded with Vice Chancellor’s message. He presented mementos to the esteemed guests who graced the occasion with their presence.