Bollywood filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee says he is unfortunate that maestro actor Anupam Kher is unfortunate with his preference of returning a National Award.
“Anupam ji is right about a fact that a endowment is of a team. we bewail a fact that they’re unfortunate about me returning a endowment though we knew some people would be unfortunate with this move. It was not a happy preference for me to take, so we was awaiting it,” Banerjee told reporters on a sidelines of ‘Movie Mela’ during a ongoing 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.
Earlier this week, 10 filmmakers, including Banerjee, Hunterr executive Harshvardhan Kulkarni, returned their National Awards over “growing intolerance” in support for FTII.
Kher, who worked in Banerjee’s Khosla Ka Ghosla, that bagged a National Award, criticised a filmmaker’s preference to lapse a endowment observant it belonged to a whole group and not usually one individual.
Banerjee pronounced a endowment belonged to a whole group of a 2006 comedy-drama though he was resigning usually his contribution.
“It is their (the team) endowment too. But when we am returning a award, we am returning usually my grant to it. Through this we wish to pull courtesy of a people that we am observant something. we am not a large filmmaker who people will listen to.”
Reacting to a critique that a pierce of filmmakers and authors returning their awards is “selective outrage”, Banerjee said, “The impulse there is a protest, people contend because didn’t we criticism then? There must’ve been some reason, does that meant we can’t protest? What was wrong yesterday is still wrong.”
“Returning a endowment is not a happy decision. The whole indicate of protesting is giving divided something that is precious… Otherwise there’s no point.”