‘Not a huge fan of Na­tional Awards’

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Re­cently, Dibakar Ban­er­jee and 11 other film­mak­ers made news when they an­nounced their de­ci­sion to re­turn their Na­tional Awards to of­fer sup­port to the stu­dents of the Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia (FTII), who have been protest­ing against the ap­point­ment of Ga­jen­dra Chauhan as the pres­i­dent of the in­sti­tute. Now, di­rec­tor R Balki says that he sup­ports the stand taken by the stu­dents and film­mak­ers.

“I’m not a huge fan of the Na­tional Awards. A lot of times, they have been given to very strange films. But I re­spect the protest. I can’t re­turn any award, be­cause I haven’t got any,” says Balki, who di­rected the 2009 film, Paa, that won four Na­tional Awards, in­clud­ing Best Fea­ture Film in Hindi, and Best Ac­tor for Amitabh Bachchan.

The film­maker hopes the gov­ern­ment un­der­stands the aim and sets things right. “I ap­plaud them (the film­mak­ers) tremen­dously for do­ing this. I hope the gov­ern­ment gets the point, and suit­ably amends its strat­egy with­out ridi­cul­ing the in­tent of th­ese film­mak­ers,” adds Balki.

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