Twenty-four eminent artists, writers and filmmakers declared that they were returning their national awards to protest against the ongoing crisis at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) based in Pune.
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee, the artists collectively wrote that they “watched with disappointment how the ruling party’s leaders and supporters abused these filmmakers and belittled their gesture.”
“Rather than see our fellow filmmakers mocked, we have decided to stand with them and yet again and bring public attention back to the manner in which the current government is responding to dissent and debate,” they wrote in the letter.
The artists exhorted the government to pay attention to the crisis at FTII and resolve it.
The artists’ group boasts of eminent names such as Arundhati Roy, Saeed Mirza, Virendra Saini, Tapan Bose and Kundan Shah.