‘Re­turn­ing Na­tional award is coura­geous’

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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

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