Returning awards won’t serve any purpose: Subhash Ghai
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