"It's not an either or. Artistes returning awards will also reflect their concern in their work but making a film, writing a book takes time... Returning awards is a symbolic gesture that brings attention. Instead of damning them, read the writing on the wall," Ms Azmi tweeted.
Its not an either or. Artists returning awards will also reflect their concern in their work but making a film writing a book takes time— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) November 1, 2015
Last week, prominent writers like Ganesh Vispute, Sambhajai Bhaga, Harishchandra Thorat, Pradnya Pawar, Milind Malshe, Yeshu Patil, Vasant Patankar, Urmila Pawar and Mukund Kale returned their various state honours, joining their counterparts across the country.
Returning awards is a symbolic gesture that brings attention.Instead of damning them read the writing on the wall— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) November 1, 2015
Leading filmmakers including Anand Patwardhan, Dipankar Banerjee, Paresh Kamdar, Nishtha Jain, Kirti Nakhwa, Harshavardhan Kulkarni, Hari Nair, Rakesh Sharma, Indraneel Lahiri, Lipika Singh Darai, Vikrant Pawar, Rakesh Shukla and Prateek Vats also announced that they were returning their National Awards and other honours.
The filmmakers also spoke out in support of the students of Pune's Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) who have been protesting against the government's choice of small-time TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as chairman.