‘Returning National award is courageous’
National-award wining actor Rajkummar Rao (right) says he respects the decision of filmmakers returning their National awards, calling it a “courageous” move.
Earlier this week, ten filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee and Hunterrr director Harshvardhan Kulkarni, returned their National awards over “growing intolerance” and support for FTII students.
“Being from FTII, I can absolutely understand what the students are going through. It’s very courageous of the people who are returning their National awards. It’s a way of protesting. I respect their decision,” the actor says.
Rajkummar, who bagged a National award for Shahid (2013), made his debut with Dibakar’s Love Sex aur Dhoka (2010). When asked if his upcoming film based on the real life incident of professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was fired from his job because of his sexual orientation, might run into trouble with the government given its bold theme, the 31-year-old actor said