25 filmmakers and film professionals, including Saeed Mirza, Kundan Shah, Arundhati Roy, Ranjan Palit, Sanjay Kak, Pradeep Kishen returned their National Awards at the Press Club in Mumbai in protest of state sponsored violence and aggressive interference in academic and cultural institutions.
Here are their personal statements:
I am returning this award in sincere hope that the government will solve all the problems of the Film and Television Institute of India with an open mind.
National Film Award for Best Cinematography, Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, 1990; National Film Award for Best Children’s film,
Kabhi Paas Kabhi Fail, 1999
I received the National Award from Our former President Mr APJ Abdul Kalam for cinematography in 2005 for my F.T.I.I diploma film Girni . It still remains a most cherished and valued experience in my life. My cinematography career subsequently was in a big way influenced by the recognition I received getting this award Today , I return this award in protest of the devaluing of our academic institutions specifically F.T.I.I by appointing people without solid past commitment to cinema, culture and history of India . It is a humiliation I cannot bear . I stand for an India that’s multi culturally vibrant, secular and intellectually rich. Am awaiting my country and my award back. Jai Hind.
Director of photography of Jaane tu ya jaane na, jhootha hi Sahi, Nautanki Saala, shaadi ke side effects.
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