Anupam Kher appt Chairman, FTII

Anupam Kher appt Chairman, FTII

Asked what she meant by "crown of thorns", she said: "I meant the CBFC, not FTII". "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities,".

Kher has a long and varied experience in acting in films as well as theatre.

Although Anupam Kher never went to FTII, he is a graduate of the equally prestigious National School of Drama (NSD); his appointment can be seen as a "homecoming" of sorts.

Apart from Society President who also serves as Chairman of Governing Council, the Society has over a dozen members which are appointed by the Government.

The appointment has been made by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which is headed by Smriti Irani. The officials refused to comment saying they have not received any official communiqué.

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Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan, who had a controversial tenure as head of the Pune-based institute.

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. He had argued that FTII needed somebody "well-qualified and with a great body of work" and stated that Chauhan was not qualified either as producer, director or an actor for the job. 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. I think our voice has reached the masses, but our pleas to the government have certainly fallen on deaf ears.

Now, two years later as Kher succeeds Chauhan there is a general feeling that the memories of what was arguably one of the worst appointments ever in the history of FTII would soon be a thing of the past. I completed my tenure in Mar 2017.

On his appointment, he said that it was a sense of achievement and responsibility. I was also appointed from different options.

Such was the aura of the acting batch of FTII that any "good" actor who was not dancing around the trees was automatically attributed to the institute.

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