Mumbai: Talking points

Who and what did Mumbaikars talk about in 2015? Take a look...

2015 witnessed award wapsi, two chilling murder cases, and a strike by FTII students. We look back at the events that Mumbai couldn't stop talking about this year:

Award wapsi courts controversy

From ghar wapsi (re-conversions) to award wapsi; the country witnessed a number of wapsis since Narendra Modi came to power. It all started with noted writer Nayantara Sahgal returning her prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in protest against what she the called the "vanishing space" for diversity. Then, 24 writers returned their awards in protest against the PM not speaking about the persecution of free thinkers in the country. What followed later were heated debates on national television and social media.

Bollywood too stood divided on the issue: Anupam Kher opposed the notion of award wapsi with a rally in Delhi, filmmakers like Kundan Shah, Anand Patwardhan returned their National Awards. Khosla Ka Ghosla producer Savita Raj Hiremath criticised Dibakar Banerjee's decision to return the National Award the team won for the film.