Amol Palekar's Speech At NGMA, Interrupted For Criticising Government

Amol Palekar

Amol Palekar's Speech At NGMA, Interrupted For Criticising Government 

New Delhi: Amol Palekar, the veteran actor and director was repeatedly interrupted during his speech at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai and then cut off after he criticized the government.

The veteran actor and director,  was speaking at the opening of an exhibition "Inside The Empty Box" in memory of artist Prabhakar Barwe.

Mr Palekar was seen criticising the Ministry of Culture for reportedly scrapping the advisory committees at the gallery's Mumbai and Bengaluru centres, in a video going viral at the social media.

"Many of you may not know that this retrospective will be the last show decided by the advisory committee of local artists and not by some bureaucrat or an agent of the government with an agenda of either moral policing or proliferation of certain art commensurate with an ideological incline," Mr Palekar said referring to news reports.


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"As of November 13, 2018, the artistes' advisory committees at both regional centres Mumbai and Bangalore have been abolished, is what I have learnt," he said.

He added that he was "in the process of verifying the hearsay". A gallery member on stage interrupted, at this point saying that Mr Palekar should talk about the event.

"I am going to talk about the same. Are you applying censorship to that," Mr Palekar responded.

He then said that as per his information, after the abolition of local artists' committee, decisions as to whose work should be exhibited would be taken from Delhi by the Ministry of Culture.

A woman then again interrupted a woman and said, "This is not needed at the moment, sorry....The function is about Prabhakar Barwe, please stick to that."

Mr Palekar, however, refused to stop and went on to mention that writer Nayantara Sahgal was invited to speak at the Marathi literary convention recently but at the last minute the invitation was withdrawn because what she was going to say "was slightly critical of the situation around us."

"Are we creating the same situation here?" he asked.

The incident triggered angry reactions from the opposition too.

"This is so shocking, veteran actor Amol Palekar being disrupted, not allowed to speak," the Mumbai Congress tweeted.

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