Last week, many of the well-known directors returned their National awards over “growing intolerance” in India. Time where the filmmakers are returning their awards back, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said he will not be returning his Padma Shri or other honours.
The dashing actor who has amazed the audiences blockbuster movies like “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge“, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Devdas“, was honoured with Padma Shri in 2005. Recently in an interview the actor was asked about the same, to which he replied saying, “The country is becoming increasingly intolerant. Respect those who returned government awards, but (I) won’t return mine.”
Well, Shah Rukh Khan has kept his point and decision, but ten filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee and “Hunterr” director Harshvardhan Kulkarni have already returned their National awards.
Since many months a lot of controversies have been sparked about incapable entities filling up vital positions in important institutes like the Film and Television Institute of India, the Children’s Film Society and Central Board of Film certification. Few of the people who returned their National Awards include Dibakar Banerjee who won it for his film ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ and ‘Gulabi Gang’ director Nishtha Jain. Anand Patwardhan, Paresh Kamdar, Kirti Nakhwa, Harshavardhan Kulkarni, Hari Nair, Rakesh Sharma, Indraneel Lahiri and Lipika Singh Darai are others who returned their awards on October 28, 2015.
The protest comes as a warning to the government to end the silence and take some action against all the violence that is prevailing currently. The filmmakers believe that the students should not bear the entire burden themselves, and that they stand firmly behind them in this fight.
Credits: India Today