Disapproving those returning their awards to protest against growing intolerance, superstar Kamal Haasan on Tuesday said giving back the awards is not a solution to the problem as there are other ways to draw attention.
A number of intellectuals including filmmakers, scientists, writers and historians have returned their awards to protest against the ‘climate of intolerance’ in the country. Filmmakers who have returned their awards include names like director Dibakar Banerjee, documentary filmmakers Anand Pathwardhan and Nishtha Jain among others.
“Nothing will happen by returning the awards. You will insult the government or the people who gave you the award with love. That will bring attention to it but there are many more ways,” said the 60-year-old actor.
“They are talented people. Just one article by them will bring more attention than returning the awards. They should keep the awards, make us proud and continue to fight any government that is not tolerant enough,” he added.
When asked whether Haasan, who is in the city to promote his upcoming film Thoongavanam, would ask the filmmakers to not give back the awards, the actor said he was not sure it will make any difference.
“Mere bolne se thodi vo sunenge (My appeal won’t make a difference). We hope they don’t get too angry. It is on their part also necessary to be a little more tolerant. Tolerance is give and take. I am not criticising any party but this is nothing new to India. It will surmount this also, as it has done before,” he said.