Eminent filmmaker Jahnu Barua has written to the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry offering his resignation from the post of the member of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society.
On Sunday, actor Pallavi Joshi had resigned from the FTII Society in support of the students.
Unwilling to specify the date when he wrote to the Ministry, 12 times National Award winner Barua said, “I have been a part of the FTII Governing Council in the past and have always offered my assistance to the government as a member. However, my assessment of the current circumstances told me that things are not in the favour of institute and the students.”
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The Assamese filmmaker, who is known for films like Ajeyo, Baandhon, Ride on the Rainbow, And the River Flows and The Price of Freedom among several others, further said, “Hence as someone who has studied at FTII and has shared a good association with the institute, I decided to write to the ministry and have shown my reservation in being a member of the FTII Society.”
A graduate from Gauhati University, Barua did a course in film direction from FTII.
Meanwhile, the students of FTII are continuing the strike that they had launched on June 12 in protest of actor Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as the chairman of the FTII governing council by the I&B Ministry.
The students had a meeting with the Ministry on July 3, after which they decided to continue with the strike as their demand for removal of Chauhan and a few more members, wasn’t met by the Ministry.