Artists, writers, filmmakers and scientists have returned their national awards to protest the growing instances of intolerance in the Indian society.
Ten filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee and “Hunterr” director Harshvardhan Kulkarni, returned their National awards over “growing intolerance” and to support for FTII students.
National-award winning actor Rajkummar Rao says he respects the decision of filmmakers returning their National awards, calling it a “courageous” action.
Rajkummar, who bagged a National award for “Shahid”, made his debut with Dibakar’s “Love Sex aur Dhoka”.
“Being from FTII, I can absolutely understand what the students are going through. It’s very courageous of the people who are returning their National awards. It’s a way of protest… I respect their decision,” the actor told to media.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the premiere of his real-life inspired drama “Aligarh” at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.