“Here’s To Blitzkrieg”

Team DraftCraft / Mumbai

Blitzkrieg 2017, the annual media festival organized by the Mass Media Department of Kishinchand Chellaram College was held on September 28-29 at KC College campus. In its 15th year, the theme for the festival was Iconic Movie Characters, from both Hollywood and Bollywood.

Launching of the Department of Mass Media Magazine

The guest of honour for the opening ceremony was renowned filmmaker, Ramesh Sippy. Following the ceremonial lighting of the lamp and a cultural program, the fest was declared open.

Ramesh Sippy lighting the lamp at the Opening Ceremony

Mr Sippy narrated personal experiences and anecdotes as he addressed the audience. Talking about the changing times in the media, he said, “My films were perhaps made before you were born, and from then, we’ve come a long way technologically. It’s been a long journey, but now, all these years later, I’m here, proud and happy.” He wished all participants well, adding, “Here’s to Blitzkrieg”.

The two-day extravaganza had events for everyone. From events like dance, theatre, fashion show, band and film to investigative journalism, radio, decor and photography: each event was given its own unique twist. The fest was attended by eminent personalities like Divya Dutta and Richa Chadda among others.

Dr Hemlata Bagla with Howard Rosemeyer, Richa Chadda and Arslan Goni of the 'Jia Aur Jia' movie team

Divya Dutta, Vikas Verma and Abhyuday Tamhankar judging the Theatre Event

The guests of honour for the Closing ceremony were Rahul Bose and Boman Irani, who also gave away the prizes. Mr Bose urged the students to break, bend or shoot past all problems and challenges to find harmony between oneself and one’s external world. He said, “Think about the three things that you need, and then question: Can your exterior give it to you?” He encouraged everyone to take action to bring about the change that they wish for.

Rahul Bose interacting with the audience

Boman Irani interacting with the audience

Mr Irani encouraged students to do things as they wish to, adding that they should never let go of innocence. He said, “I’m a grandfather today, and I’m still as innocent as ever.”

Boman Irani gives away the prize for 'Best Mascot' to the 'Joker'

At the end of two exciting days, from over 30 participating colleges, team ‘Jack Sparrow’, otherwise known as Thakur College emerged as the winner of Blitzkrieg 2017. They were followed closely by the RD National College team, ‘Joker’ who were the 1st Runner-up. In the third place was Jai Hind College, with the contingent ‘Marty McFly’.

Team 'Munna Bhai' enters the college premises

Principal, Dr Hemlata Bagla said, “Blitzkrieg had a great turnout, fulfilling and exceeding all expectations. It was an exciting two days for all.”

Head of the Department of Mass Media, Manjula Srinivas said, “The fest has over a decade’s legacy, and every year brings together almost all mass media students in the city. Every year, the students come up with bigger and better ideas to make it a resounding success.”

Team 'Jack Sparrow' (Thakur College) celebrate winning Blitzkrieg 2017 with Boman Irani

Blitzkrieg has often been given a tagline: “We strike once, but we strike hard”. This year saw the students living up to and exceeding expectations while fostering camaraderie and also indulging the competitive spirit of the participants.