The case filed against her should be withdrawn… When PM Modi praised Payal Kapadia, Shashi Tharoor gave this advice

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: India's Payal Kapadia brought laurels to the country by winning the Grand Prix-Jury Award at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. PM Modi also praised it. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has now reacted to this. He posted on Instagram and wrote- Modi ji, if India is proud of her, then shouldn't your government immediately withdraw the cases filed against her and fellow FTII students for protesting against the arbitrary appointment of an ineligible chairman?

What did Prime Minister Modi say?

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has written this while retweeting that tweet of PM Modi. Actually PM Modi had praised Payal Kapadia on X and wrote- India is proud of Payal Kapadia for the historic achievement of winning the Grand Prix for her work 'All We Imagine as Light' at the 77th Cannes Film Festival. An alumnus of FTII, her remarkable talent continues to shine on the global stage, reflecting the rich creativity in India. This prestigious honor not only honors her exceptional skills but also inspires a new generation of Indian filmmakers.

Let us tell you that Payal Kapadia is the first Indian filmmaker to win the Grand Prix. She was a student of film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from 2015 to 2018. Kapadia and her classmates are facing legal challenges due to their protest against the appointment of actor-turned-politician Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of FTII in 2015. The agitation that took place at the Law College Road campus of FTII in Pune was one of the longest protests in the history of FTII, which lasted for 139 days. 35 students, including Payal Kapadia, abstained from classes and all other academic activities, the next hearing of which is scheduled for June 26 in the Pune Sessions Court. Apart from this, the students have also been accused of rioting and wrongfully holding the then director of the institute Prashant Pathrabe hostage in his office.

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