Ali Fazal takes a dig at FTII's 'hypocrisy'! Payal Kapadia was never given a scholarship

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Payal Kapadia is popular all over the country. Every citizen of the country is feeling proud of her achievement. Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) alumnus Payal's film 'All We Imagine As Light' has received the Grand Prix Award at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Many Bollywood celebrities including PM Modi are congratulating Payal. FTII also congratulated Payal, who studied from the institute, but actor Ali Fazal took a dig at FTII's 'hypocrisy'. It is known that FTII had once refused to give Payal a scholarship. Ali Fazal re-posted FTII's post and wrote in the caption, 'Uh… please don't. Just don't.' After this post of the 'Fukrey' actor, fans are speculating that he has attacked FTII.

see Ali Fazal's post

'Go to Pakistan', Payal Kapadia once had to face humiliation at FTII, now she has won laurels at Cannes
Payal Kapadia became the first Indian director to win the Grand Prix at Cannes, for the first time an Indian film received the honour

Payal had expressed protest against Gajendra Chauhan

In fact, in 2015, Payal Kapadia had opposed the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of FTII. She led the protest of those students who were against Gajendra. Their argument was that Gajendra did not have the required qualifications. As a result, disciplinary action was taken against Payal and the protesting students.

Payal was denied scholarship

Apart from this, in the year 2015, Pune Police filed a chargesheet against Payal Kapadia and 34 other students for arresting the then FTII director Prashant Pathrabe. This happened when Prashant Pathrabe decided to evaluate the incomplete projects of the students of the year 2008 batch. Payal and her friends were also deprived of scholarship during this challenging period.

Initiatives taken to improve relations

However, in 2017, the institute, under the leadership of new FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola, tried to improve relations by issuing a letter of support and bearing the expenses of Payal Kapadia's trip to Cannes for the screening of her short film 'Afternoon Clouds'.

PM Modi also praised Payal

It is known that Prime Minister Narendra Modi also praised Payal Kapadia's victory. He said, 'India is proud of Payal for the historic achievement of winning the Grand Prix for 'All We Imagine as Light' at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. The talent of the FTII alumnus will shine on the global stage. This prestigious honor not only honors her exceptional skills but also inspires a new generation of Indian filmmakers.'


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