Anupam Kher appointed as the new FTII chairman

Anupam Kher appointed as the new FTII chairman

His appointment in June, 2015 had led to a massive protest by FTII students demanding his removal, which continued for over 100 days.

The appointment of Chauhan as the chairman of one of India's most prestigious institutions - by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry that was then headed by Mr. Arun Jaitley - was greeted by much shock and disbelief by nearly all quarters. An alumnus of National School of Drama, he has also served as the Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in the past. Following his tweet, many celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Vivek Agnihotri and other Twitterati wished the actor for his prestigious appointment.

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.

Chauhan, however, said FTII needs a good administrator, more than a good actor. "I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor".

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

On the work front, Anupam Kher is now busy promoting his maiden production "Ranchi Diaries". "However, since he runs his own acting institute - Actor Prepares - in Mumbai and now that he has been given the task to head a government institute, there is surely a conflict of interest", FSA president Robin Joy said. "As a student I can say his mentoring has been a boon".

"Obviously, there's no doubt that there are differences between us (students and Kher)". Films made by FTII's students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and overseas and have won National and worldwide awards. Also, despite several unpopular decisions being taken by the administration in last two years, students have not come out with any strong response.