Veteran actor and director Amol Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai and then cut off after he criticized the government.
Mr Palekar was speaking at the opening of an exhibition "Inside The Empty Box" in memory of artist Prabhakar Barwe.
A video circulating on social media showed Mr Palekar criticising the Ministry of Culture for reportedly scrapping the advisory committees at the gallery's Mumbai and Bengaluru centres.
"Many of you may not know that this retrospective will be the last show decided by the advisory committee of local artists and not by some bureaucrat or an agent of the government with an agenda of either moral policing or proliferation of certain art commensurate with an ideological incline," Mr Palekar said referring to news reports.
"As of November 13, 2018, the artistes' advisory committees at both regional centres Mumbai and Bangalore have been abolished, is what I have learnt," he said.
He added that he was "in the process of verifying the hearsay". At this point, a gallery member on stage interrupted, saying that Mr Palekar should talk about the event.