SC directs FTII to allow candidates suffering from color blindness to take courses in filmmaking

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) to allow candidates suffering from color blindness to take all courses in filmmaking and editing, and said there was a need for a more inclusive and adopt a progressive approach in the matter.

A Bank of Justice SK Kaul and MM Sundresh said no discrimination was made on the basis of color blindness for obtaining admission into the institute.

The Supreme Court said filmmaking and editing are a form of art and the institute should adopt a more inclusive and progressive approach in the case.

The order came on an appeal filed by Patna resident Ashutosh Kumar, challenging the order of the Bombay Supreme Court that rejected his plea to seek admission in the three-year postgraduate diploma course in film editing at FTII.

The Supreme Court had previously formed a committee of experts on the issue

The Supreme Court noted that according to the commission, persons with color blindness should be able to enroll for all courses at FTII.

“Reasons for film and TV creations are collaborative art forms. Restriction can hinder creative talent, development of art. Any restriction can be overcome by help. Not for FTII to determine candidates future career perspective. Job of an editor, not mechanical, must working creatively with story, dialogue, music and performances and even rewriting the film, “said the bank.

Kumar was also on the shortlist for the course, but his candidacy was rejected after he was found to be colorblind during the medical examination.

Authorities cite FTII rules that say color-blind candidates are not eligible for admission in a few courses, including film editing.

Kumar had moved the Supreme Court in 2016 against rejection of permission, but could not get a postponement.

The Supreme Court had noted that the FTII had set up an admissions committee of experts from various fields to assess the eligibility criteria and selected six of the 12 courses at FTII in which color-blind candidates were not found suitable.

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