Actor Anupam Kher has slammed the 12 filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee, for returning their National Awards to protest against the FTII controversy. The 60-year-old veteran actor feels that the filmmakers are disrespecting not just the authorities who gave them the award, but also the films they won it for.
“It’s disrespectful to return these prestigious awards. They’re disrespecting not just the government, but the producers who made those films and the audience who liked them and talked about them so much that they won the award,” he says.
The Saransh actor calls it a publicity stunt. “How can someone call this a protest? What are they returning? A trophy? A shield? How will that get people talking about the protest? Apart from Dibakar, nobody is famous enough. And they are not even making or getting any films to make right now. It’s just a publicity stunt so that more people can know them and talk about them.”
Kher further insisted that this is all a “single-point agenda against our Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, and that such acts only show our country in a negative light.