It is again one of those instances when the film industry is divided and has different views on an event. Headlines were made when the news came that reputed filmmakers and personalities said that they will be returning their National Awards back to the government to be in solidarity with FTII students and against what they called growing intolerance in the country.
The names included Dibakar Banerjee, Anand Patwardhan and eight others who have returned their awards.
But actress Vidya Balan has opposed this act and said that she won’t return her national award which she got for the film ‘The Dirty Picture’.
The actress said, “This honour (the award) is by the nation and not the government. So I do not want to return it.”
Actor Anupam Kher has also opposed what the media has termed ‘Award Wapsi’, calling it a politically motivated act.