Thiruvananthapuram: The ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) has stressed the need for autonomy of government-run art and cultural institutions, saying they should be "free from political and bureaucratic appointments".
"The wrong people are appointed at these organisations, eventually eroding their quality," said renowned filmmaker M S Sathyu speaking at panel discussion on the 'Legacy of Film and Television Institute of India' held here.
"These institutions should be free from political and bureaucratic appointments, like the National School of Drama.
Professionals should head the organisations to enable its complete autonomy", he said.
Noted directors Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Girish Kasaravalli, K R Mohanan, T Rajeevnath and film editor B Ajith Kumar participated in the session moderated by acclaimed film editor Beena Paul.
According to Adoor, governments should consult experts before making decisions on these institutes. "We are protesting against the political appointment of Gajendra Chauhan only because he is not eligible to be the Chairman of the new governing council at the Film and Television Institute of India," he said.
Kasaravalli highlighted the contribution of film institutions "which changed the complexion of Indian cinema.
The administration does not want a generation who thinks analytically", he said.
Kerala Chalachitra Academy Chairman Rajeevnath said the academy would extend its full support to students protesting the appointment of Chauhan.