Writers and filmmakers all over the country have been returning awards, which they received from the government institutions in protest against some central government policies. However, TN is the state, which has not seen any objection in this regard. But now S Arunmozhi, writer and co-producer of “Aezhavathu Manithan” starring Raghuvaran, which came in 1982, has returned the National Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, which he won for the said film.
K Hariharan was the director, and the film was about factory workers, who protest against their exploiting employers. According to Arunmozhi, the film itself was an anti-establishment one, and it would be an insult to the movie if he did not join the other writers against the cultural policing of the central government, leading to a threat to freedom of expression. This also gives rise to religious intolerance. Arunmozhi said that he was stung by the fact that no artist from TN was perturbed about the beef ban or the murder of writer MM Kalburgi.
He had even sent messages to leading lights of the film industry, like Bharathirajaa, B Lenin, Vairamuthu, Cheran and Ameer; but there had been no response, and so he decided to jump in first. He had also discussed with director Hariharan regarding, returning the award. This was announced at a literary meeting on Thursday evening, and Arunmozhi had also notified the Film Festival officials about the decision.