Filmmaker Shyam Benegal slams 'award wapsi'

Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal has expressed his views on the 'intolerance issue' and the 'award wapsi' trend that seems to have become nothing short of an 'epidemic' now.

By Dhriti Sharma | Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015, 18:29 PM IST
Filmmaker Shyam Benegal slams 'award wapsi'

New Delhi: Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal has expressed his views on the 'intolerance issue' and the 'award wapsi' trend that seems to have become nothing short of an 'epidemic' now.

According to a report in India.com, Benegal stated, ''Returning of awards has become a kind of an epidemic. I don’t agree with it,” said Benegal According to the veteran, intolerance is not the only issue which poses a threat to our democracy. “Due to our diversity, we not only need tolerance but also acceptance and inclusiveness,''

He further added, ''Surely you have to raise your voice against religious intolerance. I don’t disagree with that, But returning the awards is not a solution. If you are going to fight Government, fight it in most democratic terms that are given to you politically,''

The awards being returned by historians, writers and artists have triggered a number of controversies and people belonging to different school of thoughts have expressed their respective views.

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