Returning National Awards not right, says Hema
Actor-politician Hema Malini (left) is not in favour of filmmakers returning their National Awards in protest against instances of growing intolerance in the country.
Last month, 12 filmmakers announced that they’d return their National Awards, also in the wake of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) stalemate. “It (returning National Awards) is not the right thing to do. I think it is a politically-instigated matter. People are dying to get a National Award... it’s a national reputation. People come to me saying if I can help them in getting a National Award. And here, these people are returning awards,” she says.
FTII students had gone on an indefinite strike from June 12 following the appointment of TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of its Governing Council, expressing discontentment alleging that Chauhan lacked the expertise and credentials to secure a place in the prestigious institute.