Anupam Kher appointed as FTII chairman, Twitter erupts with reactions

Anupam Kher appt Chairman, FTII

The previous appointment of FTII chairman by the central government had caused considerable controversy with students on the campus refusing to let Gajendra Chauhan function in his role.

The post remained vacant for at least seven months after Gajendra Chauhan demitted office in March this year, following constant protest by film fraternity and students of the institute.

While the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) is yet to release a notification regarding re-constitution of the FTII Society, Kher confirmed his appointment by tweeting, "I feel deeply humbled & honoured to be apportioned (sic) as the Chairman of iconic FTII. But certainly FTII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendraji's qualifications are coming across".

Kher, who appeared in several acclaimed global films, also appeared in more than 100 plays.

Kher, who has earlier headed the Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board) and the exalted National School of Drama (NSD), is a versatile actor of global repute, having acted in the Oscar-winning blockbuster, Silver Linings Playbook while picking up various awards - including a national award - for his roles in various films back home in India. "What else do I need?" he said. A person who has done cinema, television, and who also owns an acting institute. His appointment had triggered student protests at the Pune-based institute.

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. I think we will work very hard.

Kher, who has appeared in acclaimed global films such as Silver Lining Playbook and Bend it Like Beckham, was the Director of National School of Drama from 2001-2004.

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

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