news Monday, July 06, 2015 - 05:30
Actress Pallavi Joshi has written to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry saying that she did not want to be a part of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). According to a report in The Times of India, the former anchor of the hit TV show Antakshari has said that she does not want to be a part of the film institute “after this cloud of negativity”. Joshi’s statement comes at a time when filmmaker Jahnu Barua and cinematographer Santosh Sivan have also said that they did not want to be considered part of the FTII’s governing council or its society. The students at the college have been up-in-arms over the recent appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s chairman. As protests continued, the government had asked the students to return to class three days ago. “When I had learnt about my nomination (as member of the FTII society), I was looking forward to the experience as I would be able to share my experiences with the students. But what is the use of being on the society or in the governing council if the students are unhappy and dissatisfied?” she asked, with reference to the ongoing protests. The actor says she wrote to the ministry three days ago. “I am not at all political and I have no views on who has been selected in the society. But my heart goes out to the students who have been so dignified and have conducted a peaceful protest so far,” she said.  Joshi also commended the students for trying to have a dialogue with the ministry and said that “I am a person of art and all I know is that art cannot prosper in such a negative environment.”