Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Actor Anupam Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan as FTII chairman

Anupam Kher Gajendra Chauhan Anupam Kher appointed as new FTII Chairman FTII Film and Television Institute of India Veteran actor Anupam Kher FTII protest Anupam Kher appt Chairman, FTII
Melody Ballard | 12 October, 2017, 00:56

"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities", Anupam tweeted.

"How can Kher head FTII when he is already running a private acting school?" asked Harishankar Nachimuthu, who headed one of its longest strike in the premier film institute's history to oppose Chauhan's appointment, mentions Hindustan Times.

Robin Joy, president of FTII students' association told DNA, "Kher is already running a private acting institute and still government has chose to appoint him as the chairman of a government institute". He has also served as the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama. Especially, Kher has replaced former controversial Chairman Ganjendra Chouhan. Films made by FTII's students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and overseas and have won National and worldwide awards.

Bollywood actor and noted theatre personality Anupam Kher.

The appointment of Chauhan as the chairman of one of India's most prestigious institutions - by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry that was then headed by Mr. Arun Jaitley - was greeted by much shock and disbelief by nearly all quarters.

"FTII needs somebody who is well-qualified, someone having a great body of work", said Kher. "What else do I need?" he said.

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Some of Kher's prominent films include Saaransh, Daddy, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Khosla Ka Ghosla and A Wednesday.

Chauhan completed his tenure in March.

He has also worked in worldwide projects like "Bend It Like Beckham", "Bride and Prejudice", "Speedy Singhs", "The Mistress of Spices", "Lust, Caution" and the Academy Award winning "Silver Linings Playbook".

He was honoured with Padma Shri in 2004 and with Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution to the field of arts.

He made his acting debut in Hindi film Aagman in the 1982 and has appeared in over 500 films so far.

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