Anupam Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan as new FTII chairman

Nick Sanchez
October 12, 2017

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

The actor, who has worked in over 500 movies including worldwide projects, will succeed the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment had triggered student protests. "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. Previously, Kher has headed the Censor Board and the National School of Drama.

Chouhan, a television actor and a BJP member, had a contentious term as the FTII chairman since his appointment in September 2015. During the politically charged agitation by the students, several political leaders had also visited FTII campus in Pune.

Chauhan completed his tenure in March.

The FTII is an autonomous institute under the Information & Broadcasting Ministry and funded by the Central Government. "I think sharing experience adds up to perspectives and that's what I want to do".

Kher, who appeared in several acclaimed global films, also appeared in more than 100 plays. He succeeds Gajendra Chauhan, who was appointed in June 2015.

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

Kher, who has appeared in acclaimed worldwide films such as Silver Lining Playbook and Bend it Like Beckham, was the Director of National School of Drama from 2001-2004. Some of his Hindi films include "Karma", "Daddy", "Lamhe", "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara", "A Wednesday" and "Baby".

Besides being one of the busiest actors of the era - Kher has appeared in over 500 films - he was also extremely malleable.

In 2004, Kher had received Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 2016.

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