Anupam Kher, who replaced the controversial Gajendra Chauhan as chief of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) says he will act more as a facilitator and share his experiences with students rather than set agendas and work as an administrator.
Kher replaced Chauhan, whose selection in 2014 was condemned by students and illustrious alumni of the institute, who criticised his poor track record in filmmaking and acting, besides his alleged inadequacy to handle the affairs of FTII.
Kher’s appointment has been welcomed by the film and theatre fraternity.
Anupam Kher, a Padma Bhushan winner, has over 40 years of experience in Indian and international cinema, and stage acting. He has worked in over 500 films, including international projects like Bend It Life Beckham and Silver Linings Playbook. In the past, he has headed the censor board and the elite National School of Drama (he is an alumnus of the school).
The outgoing chairperson Mr Gajendra Chauhan, best known for playing Yudhishthir in the TV serial Mahabharata, said “I am not sacked, my term ended in March”. Students had protested Mr. Chauhan’s appointment and many boycotted classes at the Pune-based film training institute demanding his removal. Mr Chauhan had refused to resign.
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In the past, illustrious names such as Shyam Benegal, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Saeed Mirza, Mrinal Sen and Girish Karnad have headed the esteemed FTII.
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