Vidya won’t be part of #awardwapasigang
Bollywood actress Vidya Balan said recently that she would not give back her National Award as it was an honour bestowed on her by the country and not the government. The comment came against the backdrop of some eminent film personalities returning their National Awards in solidarity with FTII students and against what they called growing intolerance in the country. “This honour (the award) is by the nation and not by the government. So I do not want to return it,” Vidya said at the India Today Conclave. The actress had won the National Award for the best actress for her performance in The Dirty Picture in 2012. Filmmakers Dibakar Banerjee and Anand Patwardhan were among the 10 film personalities who have returned their National Awards in solidarity with FTII students and against growing intolerance in the country. Dibakar Banerjee and other filmmakers said their decision to return the awards was taken in view of the ‘apathy displayed by the government’ in addressing the issues raised by the FTII students and the ‘general environment of intolerance’ against debate.