BJP supporter Anupam Kher is new FTII chairman

Kelly Massey
October 12, 2017

Anupam Kher had earlier criticised the decision and said, "I personally feel that FTII represents a certain art form, FTII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendraji's qualifications are coming across". His appointment in June, 2015 had led to a massive protest by FTII students demanding his removal, which continued for over 100 days. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.", Kher tweeted. I think it is a great honour and a great sense of responsibility as well.

It was surprising to see that despite the protests, the BJP government didn't sack Chauhan till March 2017. The CAG report, which was submitted in Parliament has a line, 'The best work at FTII was done under the chairmanship of Gajendra Chauhan.' That's like a certification of my work.

The appointment of Anupam Kher is, however, posing several questions, while the students are taking his appointment as a joke.

Anupam, 62, began his acting career with "Saaransh" in 1984.

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"Rohit Kumar, General Secretary, FTII Students" Body said that the students' body will come up with an official response by the evening.

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

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.

In 2004, Kher had received Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 2016. Since its inception in 1960, the institute has become India's premier film and television institute, with its alumni becoming technicians, actors and directors in the film and television industry.

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