Information and Broadcasting (IB) has received written note from popular TV and Movie actor Pallavi Joshi that she wont be a part of the famous Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) because of the negative atmosphere that is caused by the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman followed by the protests by students of the institute.
According to Pallavi Joshi, students have no options left other than taking part in strikes though she don’t support students protesting. The behavior of students taking part in the protests are dignified. More over she didn’t wanted to comment on the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of institute. Joshi also said that the concerns does not stop in the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan alone, but concerns regarding the future of the film industry as whole is important.
According to Joshi, the unrest would have negative impact on the intellectual health of the India’s famous film school. She also stated that her decision to quit FTII was informed to the ministry four days back, but she did not get any feedback from them still.
Pallavi joshi said that she hadn’t heard anything from the ministry about her decision. Joshi is past recipient of Special Jury Award at the National Film Awards. She also said that there is no vision or plan of action in the minds of those belonging to FTII on how they would go for helping the institution.
Joshi also stated that FTII has given lots of technicians, film makers and actors for many years to the film industry and these artists are role models for the younger generations. So unhappy and disgruntled younger students coming out of this prestigious school would wont have that much creative thoughts in their minds as their freedom of thoughts would be restricted.
Film maker Raj Kumar Hirani, cinematographer Shailesh Gupta, Actress Vidya Balan etc were all part of the famous FTII society in the past. The controversies surrounding the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan has come to light with film personalities like Oscar winner Resul Pookutty and Jahnu Barua, Assam film maker lending their support to the students taking part in the strike.