Shyam Benegal, Gul Panag abandon Vedanta film competition

MUMBAI Tue Mar 6, 2012 7:47pm IST

Bollywood actress Gul Panag poses as she attends an event in Chandigarh June 13, 2008. REUTERS/Ajay Verma/Files

Bollywood actress Gul Panag poses as she attends an event in Chandigarh June 13, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Ajay Verma/Files

Related Topics

Stocks

   

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Film-maker Shyam Benegal and actress Gul Panag have withdrawn from a film competition run by Vedanta Resources, amid protests by local groups against the company's operations in Orissa.

London-listed Vedanta has faced protests in Orissa over its bauxite mines, which local tribes say are located on a sacred mountain, in a high-profile tussle between big business and rural India.

Award-winning director Benegal and former Miss India Panag have withdrawn from the jury of the Creating Happiness competition, in which Vedanta invited students to make films in villages where the miner has a presence.

"I didn't want to be part of a PR exercise for the company," Panag told Reuters.

Vedanta declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. The miner has previously said its mine would not violate the rights of indigenous tribespeople, and that all its projects are conducted within the law and using international best practices.

"What they claim is somewhat exaggerated. Here it's not simply a growth story, we are talking about growth and development in human terms," said Benegal, who has made several films based on economic inequality and rural empowerment.

"This is a competition for students. There is no agenda. I don't think you should mix making of films and your personal views," film-maker Piyush Pandey, who is listed as the chairman of the jury on the competition website, told Reuters.

The film competition involves 114 film-makers from 21 colleges in India, who shot short films in Orissa and neighbouring Chhattisgarh, where Vedanta has projects.

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Celeb Buzz

REUTERS SHOWCASE

A Minute With

A Minute With

John Oliver on channeling rage into comedy.  Full Article 

Digital Saviour

Digital Saviour

Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs.  Full Article 

Brother's Role

Brother's Role

Paul Walker's brothers to fill in for late actor in 'Fast 7'.  Full Article 

Sir Alex's Collection

Sir Alex's Collection

Alex Ferguson's wines expected to score with buyers - Christie's.  Full Article 

Waning Interest

Waning Interest

'Mad Men' premiere draws 2.3 million, lowest season debut since 2008.  Full Article 

Health Resort

Health Resort

Time slips quietly by for Austrian nuns' resort.  Full Article 

New Band

New Band

The Vamps launch album and ride London Underground.  Video 

MTV Movie Awards

MTV Movie Awards

Highlights from the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.  Slideshow 

Party At Coachella

Party At Coachella

Highlights from the Coachella Music Festival.  Slideshow 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage