Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.


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