Re­turn­ing awards won’t serve any pur­pose: Sub­hash Ghai

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

While the jury is still out on the 12 film­mak­ers who re­turned their Na­tional Awards to draw at­ten­tion to­wards the on­go­ing FTII con­tro­versy, alum­nus of the pop­u­lar film in­sti­tute, film­maker Sub­hash Ghai be­lieves that in­ci­dents such as th­ese will not solve any­thing.

“While I re­spect their ges­ture, I don’t think re­turn­ing awards will serve the pur­pose. It does not give any so­lu­tion to the prob­lem, and I’m not sure whether it is the right move,” he says.

“Artists are a bit more sen­si­tive to things that hap­pen around them. So their form of protests are very emo­tional and bold. From that per­spec­tive I un­der­stand their protest, but it does not mean any­thing,” he adds. The 70-year-old film­maker be­lieves the in­sti­tu­tion has some ba­sic prob­lems and those need to be ad­dressed.

“This is not the first strike in FTII and it cer­tainly won’t be the last. There have been 38 strikes be­fore this. So why is there such a hue and cry about this?” he asks, adding, “Blam­ing the cur­rent gov­ern­ment and the party who are in power is not right.”

“I be­lieve that there are some fun­da­men­tal flaws within the in­sti­tu­tion that need to be solved. When­ever I have met the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who are in­volved with FTII, I tell them that there are many things such as pro­vid­ing more in­ter­na­tional fa­cil­i­ties, pump­ing in more money to help the in­sti­tute reach in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. FTII is like my mother and I have a lot of re­spect for the in­sti­tute. I re­ally want it to reach new heights and I think that’s what needs to be talked about,” he signs off.

This is not the first strike in FTII and it won’t be the last. There have been 38 strikes be­fore this

Sub­hash Ghai, film­maker

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