I do not want to return my National Award: Vidya Balan

In the wake of nationwide uproar over returning of National Award by the filmmakers of the country, versatile actress Vidya Balan said that she will not return her National Award because it is bestowed by the nation and not by the government.

"This honour (the award) is by the nation and not the government. So I do not want to return it," Balan said at the 'India Today' Conclave here. Balan had won the National award for the best actress for her performance in 'The Dirty Picture' in 2012.

Dibakar Banerjee including nine others filmmakers returned their National award backing the protest of FTII students. The FTII students protested against the growing intolerance in the country and few filmmakers of the country backed them.

Meanwhile, Vidya Balan said she is not interest in joining politics and would fail miserably if she joins. On the work front, the 37-year-old actress will be next seen in the Marathi film 'Ek Albela', a biopic on actor-director Bhagwan Dada. She will be portraying the role of veteran actress Geeta Bali in the film. The film is scheduled for release in January next year.