Students of Film and Television Institute of India on Wednesday ended their 139 day strike on Wednesday Oct 28. Students showed their protest against appointing BJP member and the Television actor Ganjendra Chauhan as the President of FTII.
They also showed their protest against four of other members belonging to political parties who lacks the artistic experience appointed in the FTII.
They started their protest on June when Ganjendra Chauhan was appointed. He had acted in Television serial Mahabaratham in Yudhistiran character. He was appointed based on this political party member and lacks experience in the fields in film industry says the students report. Pune's film Institute after a long protest they ended on Wednesday saying they could continue it in the silent and non violent mode.
Following it 12 film makers returned their National Awards in supporting FTII students and showing their protest against the writer murder. Over 40 writers returned their Sahitya Akademy Awards to show their protest.
'People are being murder for their opinion and belief,' said the film makers in the statement to Prime Minister. 'Murders of writers and rationalist like Narendra Dobholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi were the acts of violence. There is no official condemnation of these groups and silence is prevailed' said in the statement.
The filmmakers who returned their Awards include Dibakar Banerjee, Anand Patwardhan, Harshavardhan Kulkarni, Hari Nair, Rakesh Sharma, Paresh Kamdar, Nishtha Jain, Kirti Nakhwa, Lipika Singh Darai, Indraneel Lahiri and two alumini FTII in Pune.
Some other film makers say this as the disrespect to to oneself, to all actors, technicians, award jury members, and audience. Bhandarkar, Anupam Kar, Ashoke Pandit and actress Vidhya Balan says it is a dishonor to one's talent, jury and people who selected them.