Popular TV and film actor Pallavi Joshi has written to the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry stating that she does not want to be a part of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) society owing to the atmosphere of negativity around the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan and the subsequent protest by students.
Joshi said that while she was not in favour of students striking, she did understand that they have been left with no options.
"Students have been very dignified while peacefully observing the strike. Although I'm not in favour of any strikes but the students have been left with no other options."
However, she chose not to comment on the issue of Chauhan's appointment.
The actor informed the ministry about her decision four days ago but the ministry is yet to respond.
"I've not heard anything from the ministry as yet about the decision," she said.
Joshi is a former recipient of the Special Jury Award at the National Film Awards.
A number of well known film personalities have been part of FTII society before. These include filmmaker Raj Kumar Hirani, actor Vidya Balan and cinematographer Shailesh Gupta before.
The Gajendra Chauhan appointment has been a rather controversial one with a number of film personalities such as Oscar winning Resul Pookutty and Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua lending support to striking students of the famed film institute.