‘Notting Hill’ director Roger Mitchell dies at 65

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Los Angeles, Sep 24 | Filmmaker Roger Michell, known for directing films such as ‘Notting Hill’, ‘Venus’ and ‘My Cousin Rachel’, died aged 65.

He died on Wednesday, his publicist told the UK Press Association, reports variety.com.

A statement from his publicist to the agency on Thursday reads: “It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on September 22.”

Born in South Africa, Michell had a successful career in theater, with stints at the UK’s Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was resident director, and the National Theatre, among others.

For TV, he made the miniseries ‘Downtown Lagos’ (1992), followed by the enormously acclaimed adaptation of Hanif Kureishi’s ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ (1993).

Michell made his film directorial debut in 1997 with ‘My Night with Reg’, where a group of gay English men spend a night of reminiscence after one of their friends dies of AIDS.

Romantic comedy ‘Notting Hill’, written by Richard Curtis and starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, was a global smash hit.

Michell is also known for ‘Venus’ starring Peter O’Toole in a role that earned him his final Oscar nomination; ‘Morning Glory’, starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams; and ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’, featuring Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Olivia Williams.

The filmmaker’s last fiction features were ‘Blackbird’ (2019), with Susan Sarandon leading an ensemble cast that also included Kate Winslet and Sam Neill and ‘The Duke’ with Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren.

Michell won BAFTAs for best miniseries for ‘The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies’ and for best single drama for ‘Persuasion’.

Tributes have been pouring in from the industry.

Winslet, who worked with Michell on the drama ‘Blackbird’, called the director “a gorgeous man, who made the world a better place”.

“We are utterly heartbroken to lose the kindest and best of men. Roger Michell was a loving and devoted family man, but was also responsible for bringing together other families, creative families, across the globe,” Winslet said in a statement.

Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and the Sony Pictures Classics team paid tribute to Michell on Thursday, describing him as a “world class filmmaker”.

“We are devastated and shocked by the news of the passing of our dear friend Roger Michell,” a statement from the Sony Pictures Classics team reads.

“We were just with him a few weeks ago in Telluride with ‘The Duke’ celebrating his exceptional accomplishment. Our heart goes out to his family and friends who are experiencing the profound sadness we all share.”

“So incredibly sad to hear about the passing of Roger Michell, a wonderful director with huge integrity and compassion, in this world his kindness mattered so much to me. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Thank you Roger for being so wonderful to us all. Enduring love,” tweeted actor Samantha Morton.

“We’re sad to hear the news that film director Roger Michell has passed away. Best known for ‘Notting Hill’, his other film works include ‘Persuasion’ and ‘Venus’,” tweeted the British Film Institute.

Tricia Tuttle, director of the London Film Festival wrote: “What horrible news about Roger Michell. Devastating for his family. And sad sad news for all of us who have loved so many of his films.”

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
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These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
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The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal

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