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Javed Akhtar inspires students at LPU’s Media Fest ‘Xpressions-2024’

Jalandhar, 24 April, 2024 (Yes Punjab News)

Javed Akhtar, the highly acclaimed and award-winning writer from the Bollywood, graced Lovely Professional University’s (LPU’s) media fest, “Xpressions-2024,” leaving an indelible impact on the attending Journalism, Film & Television students from 25+ esteemed Indian universities.

The two-day event, organized by the School of Liberal and Creative Arts (Journalism, Film & Television) at LPU, aimed to provide a platform for students to showcase their talent and gain valuable insights from industry experts.

As Javed Akhtar entered the university premises, he was awestruck by its magnanimity and remarked that the name “Lovely” was perfectly attributed to LPU. His presence added a touch of prestige and inspiration to the event, setting the tone for an enlightening and immersive experience for all participants.

During the interactive session, Javed Akhtar, known for his secular, liberal, and progressive values, captivated the audience with his thought-provoking couplets on various social issues.

He touched upon topics such as anti-communalism, social injustice, national integration, women’s rights, youth, religion, atheism, and more. His words resonated deeply with the students, encouraging them to think critically and embrace their role as agents of change.

Addressing the students’ queries, Javed Akhtar emphasized the importance of extensive reading to enhance vocabulary and broaden horizons.

He urged the aspiring journalists, filmmakers, and television professionals to create innovative works that connect with the audience and reflect the spirit of the times. According to him, sincerity and honesty in one’s creations establish a profound connection with the emotions of the audience, readers, and viewers.

Javed Akhtar’s illustrious career in the Indian film industry includes numerous accolades, such as five National Film Awards, the Padma Shri, and the Padma Bhushan. He has made an indelible mark on popular culture with iconic films like “Deewar” and “Sholay,” and has received the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award for his staunch advocacy of secularism and rationalism.

In his closing remarks, Javed Akhtar encouraged the students to sharpen their skills and carve their own paths in the competitive world. He emphasized that success is not merely a result of luck, but a product of relentless hard work and sincere connections with others.

He urged students to embrace the vastness of the world and collaborate with fellow artists to achieve their goals.

LPU’s media fest, ‘Xpressions-2024,’ has provided an invaluable platform for students to showcase their talent and learn from industry stalwarts like Javed Akhtar,” said Prof Dr Sanjay Modi, Pro Vice-Chancellor at LPU. “We are honoured to have had the privilege of hosting such an esteemed personality who has inspired and enlightened our students with his wisdom and creativity.”

The success of “Xpressions-2024” reaffirms LPU’s commitment to nurturing creative and talented individuals in the fields of Journalism, Film, and Television. The university remains dedicated to providing a holistic learning experience that equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the dynamic media industry.

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