On August 17, a group of students surrounded the institute director, Prashant Pathrabe, after which they were arrested. They protested against "irrational and unjustified" assessment of the incomplete diploma projects.
Acting on a complaint filed by Mr Pathrabe, the police lodged an FIR against 15 students. Out of them, five were arrested on charges of rioting under Section 353 of the IPC, police officials said.
This is what the celebrities wrote on Twitter:
There was a time #FTII was considered one of the best film schools in Asia and produced some brilliant talent. What happened?— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) August 18, 2015
Police arrive in the middle of the night at #FTII , arrest 40 students.So are they really anti nationals?!or are Police implementing orders— resul pookutty (@resulp) August 18, 2015
Its shocking that the government can not find the right person with the right vision for FTII- they'd rather let it develop into this mess!— Rajat Kapoor (@mrrajatkapoor) August 18, 2015
ABSOLUTELY CONDEMNABLE!!! You can't ARREST dissenting students.... #FTII— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) August 18, 2015
"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." ? Henry David Thoreau #FTII— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) August 19, 2015