Re­turn­ing Na­tional Awards not right, says Hema

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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.

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