Vidya Balan do not want to return her National Film Award

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Mumbai : Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who is the recipient of several awards including a National Film Award, five film fare awards and five Screen Awards, today said that, she will not return her National Film Award as it was an honour bestowed on her by the country and not the government.

The 37-year-old actress has won the National Film Award for Best Actress for 'The Dirty Picture' in 2012. She was also awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.

Vidya Balan's comment comes in the backdrop of some eminent film personalities returning their National Awards in solidarity with FTII students and against growing intolerance in the country.

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Vidya Balan who was in India Today Conclave today, said that, "This honour (National Film Award) is by the nation and not the government. So I do not want to return it." She also said that working towards social causes should be an individual decision and no one should be compelled to work for a particular cause.

Notable, Filmmakers Dibakar Banerjee and Anand Patwardhan were among the 10 film personalities who have returned their National Awards in solidarity with FTII students and against growing intolerance in the country.

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Banerjee and other filmmakers said their decision to return the awards was taken in view of the apathy displayed by the government in addressing the issues raised by the FTII students and the general environment of intolerance against debate.

Yesterday, the FTII students ended their 139-day-old strike to return to the classes against the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of the prestigious institute, but said they will continue to seek his removal. 

Meanwhile, Vidya Balan said she was not interest in joining politics and would "fail miserably" at it.

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Vidya Balan will be next seen in a biopic on actor-director Bhagwan Dada, named 'Ek Albela', which will be a Marathi film. She will be portraying golden era actress Geeta Bali in this film.

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