Anupam Kher is new FTII chairman

12 October, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Ruben Patrick
  • Television actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as FTII chief triggered massive protests in 2015

Veteran actor Anupam Kher's appointment has brought a wave of happiness in the film fraternity. Chauhans term had ended in March.

Asked if they would oppose Khers appointment the way their predecessors had done over Gajendra Chauhans appointment in 2015, Joy said the future course of action would be decided at the general body meeting of the FSA.

Anupam Kher was appointed as the new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Wednesday.

He has also headed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the National School of Drama in the past. He added, "I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor". "What else do I need?" he said. He has also been part of acclaimed worldwide 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.

Kher has also worked across different cinemas and featured in the first films of many filmmakers ranging from Indra Kumar (Dil [1990]), Aditya Chopra (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge [1995]) and Dibakar Banerjee (Khosla Ka Ghosla [2006]) and knows what it takes to fuel a vision.

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He also authored a book "The Best Thing About You Is You".

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.

Kher has appeared in over 500 films and has also been the recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

The actor is all for formal training in the craft. 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 global cinema".

"No, no. I am an artiste and nothing is going to change on that front". I was the Chairperson of National School of Drama as well. "You see, my grandfather used to say, "A busy man has time for everything".

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