Bollywood star Vidya Balan on Thursday said as her national award was an honour bestowed on her by the nation rather than the government she will not give back it.
The opinion come in the backdrop of some eminent film personalities returning their National Awards in solidarity with FTII pupils and against growing intolerance in the nation. “This honour (the award) is by the state rather than the government. So I don’t need to return it,” Balan said at the ‘India Today’ Conclave here.
Balan had won the National award for the very best actress for her performance in ‘The Dirty Picture’ in 2012.
Filmmakers Dibakar Banerjee and Anand Patwardhan were among the 10 film personalities that have returned their National Awards in solidarity with FTII students and against growing intolerance in the united states. Other filmmakers as well as Banerjee said their decision was taken in view of the apathy displayed by the government in addressing the dilemmas raised by the FTII pupils along with the general environment of intolerance against discourse.
On Wednesday, the FTII students ended their 139-day-old strike to return to the courses from BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of the prestigious institute and actor’s appointment, but said they’ll continue to seek his removal. Meanwhile, Vidya Balan said she wasn’t interest in joining politics and would “fail miserably” at it.
She likewise said no one ought to be compelled to work to get a certain cause and that working towards societal causes must be an individual determination.
The 37-year old celebrity will be next seen in the Marathi film ‘Ek Albela’, a biopic on performer- director Bhagwan Dada. She’ll be portraying golden era performer Geeta Bali in the film. The movie is scheduled for release in January.