Gajendra Chauhan, ex-FTII chairman: My good wishes are with Anupam Kher

Ruben Ruiz
October 12, 2017

Compared to his predecessor Gajendra Chauhan - whose appointment as FTII chief had led to an unprecedented 139-day strike by the institute's students who wanted his ouster - Kher, is at least an actor who has an individual standing as an artist, both within India and overseas.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher was appointed as the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman on Wednesday afternoon.

Before his term as FTII chairman came to an end in February this year, Chouhan approached the I&B Ministry seeking an extension of his tenure on the ground.

Mr Kher wrote on Twitter that he felt "deeply humbled and honoured" to head the iconic institute.

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Anupam Kher has held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama in India. However, his appointment was severely criticized by the students of FTII. "What else do I need?" he said.

Kher has been a recipent of National Film Award twice for the category Special Jury Award for his movies Daddy (1989) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005) respectively. 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.

Robin Joy, president of FTII students' association told DNA, "Kher is already running a private acting institute and still government has made a decision to appoint him as the chairman of a government institute". I think it is a great honour and a great sense of responsibility as well.

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 has been one of the busiest actors in the film industry and even made a record of winning the Filmfare Award eight years in a row in different categories.

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