I am returning my Awards because I am deeply concerned and ashamed of what this government is doing to this country and to its own people – Pradip Kishen

I don’t work or perhaps even think as a film maker any more. But many years ago, someone in their folly or wisdom thought to give 2 of the films I made National Awards. Today, in solidarity with the students of the FTII who are being bullied and humiliated into accepting 3rd rate people to preside over their destinies, I wish to return these 2 … Continue reading I am returning my Awards because I am deeply concerned and ashamed of what this government is doing to this country and to its own people – Pradip Kishen

जला कर मारने, गोली से उड़ा देने या नरसंहार के लिए ‘असहिष्‍णुता’ (इनटोलरेंस) सही शब्‍द नहीं है – अरुंधति राय

हालांकि, मैं नहीं मानती कि कोई अवॉर्ड हमारे काम को आंकने का सही पैमाना है। मैं लौटाए गए अवॉर्ड्स की सूची में 1989 में प्राप्‍त नेशनल अवॉर्ड (बेस्‍ट स्‍क्रीनप्‍ले के लिए) को भी शामिल करती हूं। मैं यह साफ कर देना चाहती हूं कि मैं यह अवॉर्ड इसलिए नहीं लौटा रही क्‍योंकि मैं उस बात से आहत हूं जिसे ‘बढ़ती कट्टरता’ कहा जा रहा है … Continue reading जला कर मारने, गोली से उड़ा देने या नरसंहार के लिए ‘असहिष्‍णुता’ (इनटोलरेंस) सही शब्‍द नहीं है – अरुंधति राय

Make FTII free of political influence, says Dibakar Banerjee

What prompted you, and the other filmmakers, to return your National Awards? We were hoping that someone would hear us, see the logic of the students’ protest, and then act on it constructively. Why did you take so long to join the agitation? If it (the act of returning the awards) was done earlier, someone would have said, “Why now?” Just like someone could say, … Continue reading Make FTII free of political influence, says Dibakar Banerjee

With a heavy heart I am returning my very first National award – Anand Patwardhan

National awards have always meant a lot to me. They were more precious than International awards and awards from private institutions precisely they represented those rare moments when the Government of India became willing to uphold the spirit of our secular, socialist and democratic Constitution. Today this spirit is evaporating. Our nation is at a crossroads. On one side is the secular path that our … Continue reading With a heavy heart I am returning my very first National award – Anand Patwardhan