FTII students question Khers appointment, call it conflict

Television actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as FTII chief triggered massive protests in 2015

Television actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as FTII chief triggered massive protests in 2015

Chauhan, whose appointment in 2015 triggered massive student protests, also said, "My tenure ended on March 3, 2017".

The National Award victor, who began his acting career with "Saaransh" in 1984, has a vast repertoire of over 500 films.

"Less to do with cinema, more to do with politics", the Congress today said on the appointment of veteran actor Anupam Kher as chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

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"FTII needs somebody who is well-qualified, someone having a great body of work", said Kher.

Kirron Kher told Times NOW that Anupam was the right choice to head the FTII, which provides training in acting, direction and other technical aspects of film making in a country which is one of the largest producers of movies. Earlier, Kher held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama. "I want to interact with students to understand their requirements, and along with faculties, I would be helping students for their betterment", said Anupam, a vociferous BJP supporter. I think we will work very hard.

He has also been a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution to Indian Cinema and arts respectively. Since its inception in 1960, the institute has become India's premier film and television institute, with its alumni becoming technicians, actors and directors in the film and television industry. Gajendra, who is known to play Yudhisthira in the TV serial Mahabharata, was appointed as the chairman of the Pune-based institute's governing council in 2015.

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Kher, who has appeared in acclaimed global films such as Silver Lining Playbook and Bend it Like Beckham, was the Director of National School of Drama from 2001-2004.

On the work front, Anupam Kher is now busy promoting his maiden production "Ranchi Diaries".

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