Anupam Kher appt Chairman, FTII

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,".

The actor, who has worked in over 500 movies including worldwide projects, will succeed the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment had triggered student protests.

Kher's breakthrough film was Mahesh Bhatt's Saaransh (1984) where the then 28-year old actor played a middle-aged retired Maharashtrian man coming to terms with the death of his son in a mugging incident in NY. "However, since he runs his own acting institute - Actor Prepares - in Mumbai and now that he has been given the task to head a government institute, there is surely a conflict of interest", FSA president Robin Joy said.

He has also headed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the National School of Drama in the past.

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However, students on the campus did not sound excited over his appointment. "Taking a pro-government stand, Kher has made some statements against students over issues like JNU, intolerance". "But certainly FTII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendraji's qualifications are coming across". He succeeds Gajendra Chauhan, who was appointed in June 2015.

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. "As a student I can say his mentoring has been a boon".

The two-year stint of Chauhan, which ended in March 2017.

In the past few days, Anupam has been busy promoting his production "Ranchi Diaries", and he has also has film projects lined up. So, just as Gajendra's appointment was mired in controversy, the new appointment, too, will be seen as spoils system at work. But at the same time the statements that he has made over the last three years also can't be ignored.

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