PROTEST OR PUB­LIC­ITY STUNT?

Dibakar Ban­er­jee and 11 other film­mak­ers re­turned their Na­tional Award in sol­i­dar­ity with the FTII protests. Anu­pam Kher calls this a pub­lic­ity stunt and a sin­gle point agenda against the PM

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DIBAKAR’S TAKE

Pop­u­lar film­maker Dibakar Ban­er­jee, along with 11 other film­mak­ers, re­turned his Na­tional Award in sol­i­dar­ity with the protest­ing Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia (FTII) stu­dents and against grow­ing in­tol­er­ance on Wed­nes­day in Mum­bai.

“We are protest­ing against the in­tol­er­ance of de­bate and ques­tion­ing against a stu­dent body want­ing to have a bet­ter teach­ing en­vi­ron­ment, which then man­i­fests in ap­a­thy,” Dibakar said at a press con­fer­ence in Mum­bai.

The 46-year-old film­maker, who won the Na­tional Award for Khosla Ka Ghosla (2008), said it was not easy for him to re­turn his award. “Re­turn­ing my very first Na­tional Award which I re­ceived for Khosla Ka Ghosla is not easy. It was my first film and for many my most loved,” he said. Ex­plain­ing his stance, he said, “I’m not here out of anger, out­rage. Those emo­tions have long been ex­hausted. I’m here to draw at­ten­tion. What do you ex­pect the stu­dents to do? Not a sin­gle bus has been burnt, not a sin­gle stone has been thrown, they have only gone for de­bates and dis­cus­sion.”

PHOTO: VIDYA SUBRA­MA­NIAN/HT

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