Centre replaces Gajendra Chauhan with Anupam Kher as FTII Chairman

11 October, 2017, 17:39 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Anupam Kher Gajendra Chauhan Anupam Kher appointed as new FTII Chairman FTII Film and Television Institute of India Veteran actor Anupam Kher FTII protest

From his day 1, students of FTII Pune started a protest against Chauhan's appointment, questioning his credentials to hold the chair of the premier institute.

Actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new FTII (Film and Television Institute) Chairman. They felt that Chauhan lacked the vision to head a prestigious institution like FTII.

Moreover, the students and film fraternity also saw the appointment of Chauhan as an instance of political largesse.

Only last month Chauhan hit back at Kher citing a newspaper report saying FTII had seen "improvement in some aspects during Chauhan's tenure". Also, many popular film personalities have come out of FTII, including Naseeruddin Shah, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Shatrughan Sinha, Raza Murad, Resul Pookutty and the late Smita Patil and Om Puri.

Kher has also written and starred in a play about his own life called "Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai", which was directed by Feroz Abbas Khan. He was among the few celebrities who had supported BJP's stand on the crackdown against JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid during the February 2016 sedition controversy.

Chauhan's stint was one of the most contentious in FTII's history.

Talking about Anupam's body of work, he has appeared in over 500 films. "During that time I had worked in several short films", he said.

Kher has acted in both Bollywood, Hollywood and theatre. He takes his job as a teacher very seriously. He has been in the film industry for so many years. He has also been part of acclaimed global films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, and the 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.

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