Ali Fazal slams FTII for celebrating Payal Kapadia’s Grand Prix win at Cannes Film Festival: ‘Just don’t’ | Bollywood

The forthright actor Ali Fazal has voiced his critique regarding the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, for their sudden praise of former student Payal Kapadia after she clinched the prestigious Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. (Also Read: A look back at Payal Kapadia’s path from FTII protestor against Gajendra Chauhan to achievement at Cannes)

Ali Fazal criticizes FTII for commending Payal Kapadia’s achievement at Cannes

An FTII Announcement

On Sunday, the official FTII account took to social media to post images from the Cannes Film Festival, featuring their alumni Payal and Chidanand Naik (celebrated for the La Cinef Award for Best Short for the film “Sunflowers Were The First Ones To Know”).

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The post proudly announced, “FTII takes immense joy in its alumni reshaping history at Cannes. Marking an incredible year for Indian Cinema at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, FTID relishes in the formidable accomplishments of its alumni at this esteemed International Film Arena.”

Ali Fazal’s Counterpoints to FTII’s Claim

Ali Fazal responded to FTII’s announcement with a straightforward, “Uhhh… please don’t. Just dont.” Reflecting back to 2015, disciplinary measures were imposed on Payal as she was at the forefront of students protesting the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the FTII chairman, citing his lack of qualifications for leading the prestigious institute.

Moreover, the Pune Police brought charges against 35 students, including Payal, for allegedly confining then-FTII director Prashant Pathrabe in his office, which was a fallout of his directive to assess unfinished student projects from the batch of 2008. Scholarships were also taken from Payal and her fellow protesters. Nonetheless, in a turn of events in 2017, new director Bhupendra Kainthola reversed these actions, expressing support, and allocated funds for Payal’s travel to the Cannes Film Festival to present her short film “Afternoon Clouds.”

With her film “All We Imagine As Light,” Payal has now earned the distinction of being the first Indian director to win the Grand Prix for a directorial debut feature. Other viewers too expressed their discontent with FTII’s seemingly two-faced behavior. One user pointed out, “It looks like they’re compelled to recognize her success now (fire emoji).” Another user commented, “Claiming credit for her accomplishments after heaping such mistreatment and harassment on her… seriously, have some dignity!” “Disgraceful… Without FTII’s obstacles, this could have happened much earlier, and our country could have enjoyed even more success…,” chimed in another comment.

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