National Award wining actor Rajkummar Rao says he respects the decision of filmmakers returning their National Awards, calling it a “courageous” move. Earlier this week, 10 filmmakers, including Dibakar Banerjee and Hunterr director Harshvardhan Kulkarni returned their National Awards over “growing intolerance” and to show their support for FTII students.
Rajkummar, who bagged a National Award for Shahid, made his debut with Dibakar’s Love Sex aur Dhoka. “Being from FTII, I can absolutely understand what the students are going through. It’s very courageous of the people who are returning their National Awards. Its a way of protest... I respect their decision,” the actor told reporters.
The actor is getting rave reviews for his upcoming film, Aligarh. The film is based on the actual story of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was fired from his job because of his sexual orientation. Rao plays a journalist in the film.