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WATCH | Actor Amol Palekar's speech interrupted at Mumbai event for criticising government

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WATCH | Actor Amol Palekar's speech interrupted at Mumbai event for criticising government

Palekar was speaking at the opening ceremony of an exhibition "Inside The Empty Box", organised in memory of artist Prabhakar Barwe.

Actor Amol Palekar was interrupted repeatedly as he tried expressing displeasure about a decision taken by the Ministry of Culture during his speech in Mumbai. He was speaking during the opening ceremony an exhibition "Inside The Empty Box" which was organised in memory of artist Prabhakar Barwe. National Gallery of Modern Art is run by the government. Palekar was speaking at the event on Friday.

"In 2017, we were happy to hear about the plan to open new NGMA branches in Kolkata and in the North East. News of the expansion of this Mumbai venue was also heartening. However on 13 November 2018, another disastrous decision was apparently taken," Palekar can be heard saying in the video of the programme.

At this point, he was interrupted by curator Jesal Thacker who told him to speak about Prabhakar Barwe as the event was about his works. Palekar then asked her whether she wanted him to stop speaking.

"What would Barwe have done in this atmosphere? I am sure he would have shown us the hidden visible through the visible present. Sorry Jesal," said Palekar.

Palekar's apparent criticism was about Ministry of Culture reportedly scrapping the advisory committees at its centres in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Referring to these reports, Palekar said, "Many of you may not know that this 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."

He then went on to remind the audience about the recent incident with author Nayantara Sahgal.

In another video of the same event, a lady speaker is seen criticising Palekar for his critical remarks.

"....he did raise all our concerns, but despite that you should appreciate that this is National gallery of Modern Art a government gallery sir," she said.

(With PTI inputs)