Cannes 2024: Ali Fazal calls out FTII for celebrating All We Imagine as Light helmer Payal Kapadia’s Grand Prix win; Here’s why

Ali Fazal took to X and strongly reacted to Film & Television Institute of India’s celebratory post on All We Imagine as Light helmer Payal Kapadia’s Grand Prix win at Cannes Film Festival 2024.

Updated on May 26, 2024  |  06:25 PM IST |  54.2K
Ali calls out FTII for celebrating AWIAL’s helmer Payal Kapadia’s Grand Prix win at Cannes 2024
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Internet is currently obsessed with Indian filmmaker, Payal Kapadia, who made the entire nation proud after winning the coveted Le Grand Prix at the 77th Cannes Film Festival for her film, All We Imagine as Light. The win was even more remarkable as Payal became the first Indian to bag the honor. Amid the celebration, Ali Fazal was seen calling out FTII after they celebrated Payal’s big win. 

Ali Fazal reacts to FTII's celebratory post for Payal Kapadia

Today, on May 26, a while back, the official X handle of FTII shared a couple of pictures from the Cannes Film Festival featuring their alumni members Payal and Chidanand Naik (who won the La Cinef Award for Best Short for her film Sunflowers Were The First Ones To Know).

The post made by the educational institution didn’t go really well with Bollywood actor Ali Fazal. Expressing his strong displeasure over the same, he retweeted FTII’s post on his timeline and remarked, “Uhhh… please don’t. Just dont.”

Speaking of the post by FTII, the institute expressed their delight over the big win of their alumni members in the caption. The post read: “It is a moment of pride for FTII as its Alumni create history at Cannes. As we witness a phenomenal year for Indian Cinema at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, FTII cherishes the glorious achievements of its Alumni at this Mega International Stage of Cinema.”

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Why did Ali Fazal call out FTII?

For the unversed, Ali’s strong reaction stems from the fact that back in 2015, disciplinary action was taken against Payal for leading a four-month-long protest against the appointment of actor-turned-politician Gajendra Chauhan as the FTII president. A charge sheet was also filed against 35 students, including the All We Imagine as Light director, for holding the then-director Prashant Pathrabe captive in his office after he decided to assess incomplete projects of students from the 2008 batch.

The scholarships of Payal and other students were also canceled. However, a couple of years later in 2017, the new FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola, issued a letter of support and covered the travel expenses of Payal as she traveled to the Cannes Film Festival for the screening of her short film Afternoon Clouds.

Meanwhile, so far, heartfelt congratulatory messages have been pouring in for the entire team of All We Imagine as Light from audiences and Bollywood celebrities alike. Bollywood celebs like Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar, and others also took to their social media handles and showered love on Payal and the entire team.

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