24 June, 2021

Vilasrao Deshmukh

What was wrong in my handing over 20 acres of prime land to a close friend, producer Subhash Ghai, for his Whistling Woods film institute?

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Vilasrao Deshmukh
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All of Bollywood was there as my son Ritesh married the beautiful Genelia. I was happy, I had done my bit for national integration...and then for the second time in my life, the courts played spoilsport. What was wrong in my handing over 20 acres of prime land to a close friend, producer Subhash Ghai, for his Whistling Woods film institute. Ask anyone in Latur, everyone will tell you I have a passion for whistling and was known as ‘Sitiwala Vilasrao’.

Through my political career, I have whistled my way through many crises but then who appreciates talent? My intention was to have a great film and TV training institute in Bollywood city so that even after the Khans and Riteshes retire we have a new crop of stars ready to take over. If someone remarked, “Ask not what your country did for you but what you did for your country,” I would have proudly replied, Whistling Woods Institute! When so much land was lying unutilised, was it wrong to donate a mere 20 acres for a noble cause? We need trained people for every...

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