Actor Anupam Kher Replaces Gajendra Chauhan As New FTII Chairman

Erica Roy
October 12, 2017

Actor Anupam Kher is appointed the new chief of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) after actor Gajendra Chauhan's term ended.

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

It was surprising to see that despite the protests, the BJP government didn't sack Chauhan till March 2017.

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

Chauhan, however, said FTII needs a good administrator, more than a good actor.

Anupam had then said that the FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Chauhan had as a producer, director or actor. The appointment is a homecoming of sorts for Anupam Kher who himself is an alumnus of National School of Drama (NSD). He is quite experienced and runs his own (acting) institute (Actor Prepares) in Mumbai.

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In an interview to India TV, he had said, "I am a sycophant of Narendra Modi". Films made by FTII's students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and overseas and have won National and worldwide awards.

Earlier in 2016, the students from FTII had staged protests over the appointment of Chauhan as the chairman. I think we will work very hard.

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.

Kher has appeared in over 500 films and has also been the recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

"There is a training process that one should go through to learn the craft". He has also been part of acclaimed worldwide 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.

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

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