THE BOMBAY High Court has allowed Shardul Bhardwaj, a second year acting student of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), who was rusticated by the institute for allegedly sending an abusive mail to veteran actor Tom Alter, to join the final year diploma project.
Soon after his rustication on October 26, the student had moved the Bombay High Court, seeking relief and arguing that he had sent the email containing the expletive “out of frustration” as classes were not happening regularly and Alter – who stays in Mumbai – remained unavailable to sort out the issues faced by the students. Bhardwaj (24), a student of 2013 batch, said that he had realised his mistake immediately and sent out an apology to Alter soon after.
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Justice V M Kanade and Justice Nutan Sardessai, who heard the petition filed by Bhardwaj through his lawyer, Mihir Desai, allowed Bhardwaj to join the shoot of the diploma film of the 2013 batch, which is presently being shot in Konkan. The final hearing in the matter will happen in December.
“The student got an interim relief as he can now go to Konkan and join the shoot of the diploma film. We had sought that he be allowed to join the final year project which is of prime importance for an acting student. The final order on rustication will come next month,” said Advocate Desai.
Confirming the development, FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola said that Bhardwaj will be allowed to join the shoot but maintained that he still stands ‘rusticated’.
“The rusticaton still stand. The final order by HC on the case is still awaited,” said Kainthola.
As per Kainthola, after the incident, an inquiry committee was set up, which confirmed the allegations of indiscipline against Bhardwaj and recommended that he be rusticated. Following this, Kainthola brought out the notice rusticating the student.