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
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.”