Anupam Kher appointed as FTII chairman, feels deeply humbled and honoured

Anupam Kher Gajendra Chauhan Anupam Kher appointed as new FTII Chairman FTII Film and Television Institute of India Veteran actor Anupam Kher FTII protest

It is a very humbling feeling and a great honour to be the chairman of FTII. He will replace Gajendra Chauhan whose tenure finished in March. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities", Kher tweeted in his response. An alumnus of National School of Drama, he has also served as the Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in the past.

Although Kher has strong connections with BJP, he was a vocal critic of government's appointment of his predecessor Gajendra Chauhan.

"It seldom happens that you become chairman of the place where you were once a student", the news agency quoted the new FTII chairman as saying. Anupam had then said the FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Chauhan had as a producer, director or actor.

Bollywood actor and noted theatre personality Anupam Kher appointed as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chief.

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"Rohit Kumar, General Secretary, FTII Students" Body said that the students' body will come up with an official response by the evening. 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". He has also been part of acclaimed global films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, and the 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.

In 2004, Kher had received Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 2016. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit extended his good wishes to the 62-year-old and said, "Kher sahab has a great body of work in the Indian as well as the worldwide cinema".

Robin Joy, president of FTII students' association told DNA, "Kher is already running a private acting institute and still government has chose to appoint him as the chairman of a government institute".

Over the past three years, the Ministry took several measures such as overhauling FTII's syllabus to the Choice Based Credit System and adding new courses.

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