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FTII students want all their demands granted, to continue with protests

Previously, a total of five students had been served notices to vacate the hostel following the boycott of a dialogue exercise by students demanding a larger time frame.

pune Updated: Oct 16, 2017 21:39 IST
Ananya Barua 
Ananya Barua 
Hindustan Times, Pune
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FTII students continued their protest on Thursday even as the authorities revoked its order asking some students to vacate the hostel.(HT PHOTO)

The rift between students andthe administration of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) continues as the former has denied compliance to the conditions of the latter. Previously, a total of five students had been served notices to vacate the hostel following the boycott of a dialogue exercise by students demanding a larger time frame. These five individuals were asked to vacate the hostels and the premises as they had failed to attend the pre-production meeting to discuss film shoots for the dialogue exercise. However, the institute on Thursday decided to revoke its order asking them to vacate the hostels.

“As per the rules of the institute, if students are not engaged in the coursework, they are not authorised to use the premises and the hostel accommodation. Therefore, as they boycotted an integral part of the coursework, they were asked to vacate the hostels. But we have reconsidered that and now have allowed them to continue staying there,” said Bhupendra Kainthola, the director of the institute.

Following a morning meeting on Thursday, the administration decided to make alterations in their previous condition of allowing two days of shoot for the exercise.“We are now allowing the students three days of shoot, which includes the lighting and setting up. They can use a few hours of the day assigned for lighting, for their shoots,”Kainthola said.

However, the students continued to be unhappy with the development.“It is the same thing again. They are just turning it around a little. The basic point is that practically, we require three whole days for the shoot and one for lighting. We cannot compromise on this,” said Robin Joy, president of the student association.

“We need an entire day for lighting, for setting up props and all the final touch ups and cannot be completed in half a day. We cannot start the shoot before that. As per their conditions, they are asking us to use half day for that then the rest for shooting, along with the two following days. But based on our experience, through the curriculum, we can say that it is not possible at all,” said Rohit Kumar, general secretary of the student association.

Ruing regarding the institute’s stand on providing the students with the best resources and all the assistance, Joy further said,“If they are saying that they are‘helping’ us in every way possible, then it is just surprising.To provide power backup during shoots or permissions or other resources is not help, it is what we deserve and pay the fees for. They are not doing charity for us. If they are complaining about losing out course time by giving us the day we need for the shoot, then it is not our problem but theirs. There should’ve been proper prior planning for this then.”

Although, faculty continues to claim that the two-day deadline has worked the previous year, the students find it unreasonable.“Two days for shoot were operational only for a few years, around 2000 to 2006, when there was no art direction department. But now, with the complexity of our work, we need three days at least,” Kumar said.

Joy added that expecting the actors, who range from small children to senior citizens, to work for 12 hours straight, as per the institute’s conditions, is unreasonable, for which, they need to spread it across three days.

First Published: Oct 12, 2017 22:24 IST