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Anupam Kher appointed as new FTII chairman


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The appointment of Anupam Kher as chief of Film and Television Of India (FTII) is one step in the right direction. Bringing to an end the controversial tenure of Gajendra Chauhan as the chief of India's premier film and television school, the news came as a breather to the students.

Infuriated by the government’s decision on appointing Gajendra Chauhan in 2015, led to a groundbreaking chaos at the FTII campus in Pune by the students in January 2016. The agitated students went on a 139 days strike alleging Chauhan had a seemingly poor film repertoire in comparison to the other greats.

Pallavi Joshi resigned as a member of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society in support of the students. “Nobody wants to be on the losing side. If the ministry takes one step back by removing Chauhan, the students will also one step back and accept other society members,” she said. Filmmaker Jahnu Barua and cinematographer Santosh Sivan had also written to the ministry to leave them out of the governing council.

Heading over his predecessor Chauhan, Kher opposed to the ministry's choice, saying FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Chauhan had as a producer, director, or actor.

Anupam Kher will take over as the new chief of FTII. He says, " I am very happy and very excited. It's a great responsibility and a great excitement also. Because whatever I have done, I learnt a lot. I am a teacher. I hope I can make a difference along with participation of the students, administration and the teachers." 

Anupam was busy in promotion of his own production, Actor Prepares, Ranchi Diaries, when he got the news. He says, "I wasn't aware about this. Yesterday ministry of information broadcasting asked me about this but it got announced right now." 

Anupam Kher has done 500 films in his 35 years. He is also the chairman of an acting institute Actor Prepares. 

Ranchi Diary is his upcoming comedy directed by Sattwik Mohanty and will be releasing on 13th October

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