Anupam Kher appointed as FTII chairman, Twitter erupts with reactions

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

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

The previous appointment of FTII chairman by the central government had caused considerable controversy with students on the campus refusing to let Gajendra Chauhan function in his role.

Bollywood filmmaker and actor Anupam Kher is the new chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. It is so incredible that two institutions (FTII and NSD) where I studied as an actor and as a student, I have become the chairman of the same. He will succeed former television actor Gajendra Chauhan. Films made by FTII's students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and overseas and have won National and global awards.

Now Chauhan, in reaction to Anupam's appointment, told IANS that FTII needed a good administrator more than a good actor.

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

FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola and other senior functionaries including Deans of both films and television wings are in New Delhi since Tuesday morning for a meeting with the Secretary, Information and Brodcasting. Kher will replace Gajendra Chauhan has the new FTII chairman, reported CNN-News 18. "As a student I can say his mentoring has been a boon". Silently enough Kher has also created an global career of some repute and his filmography includes films with a Gurinder Chadda (Bend it Like Beckham [2002]), an Ang Lee (Lust, Caution [2007]) and a David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook [2012]) besides producing Rituparno Ghosh's Bariwali (2000) and Jhanu Barua's Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005).

Anupam Kher is popularly known for his films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Ram Lakhan, Dil, Tezaab and Beta.

Apart from featuring in Hindi films like "Karma", "Daddy", "Lamhe", "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara", "A Wednesday" and "Baby", the National Award-winner has dabbled in global 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".

The Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016) awardee actor has more than 500 movies and several plays in his repertoire.

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