Anupam Kher is the new FTII chairman, replaces Gajendra Chauhan

Anupam Kher is the new FTII chairman, replaces Gajendra Chauhan

Anupam Kher is the new FTII chairman, replaces Gajendra Chauhan

"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities", Anupam tweeted.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher has replaced Gajendra Chauhan as the new chairman of Film And Television Institute Of India (FTII).

He is also the chairman of the acclaimed acting school 'Actor Prepares'. 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. His appointment had triggered student protests at the Pune-based institute.

FTII, an autonomous body, was in the past headed by legendary film personalities including Shyam Benegal, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Saeed Mirza, Mahesh Bhatt, Mrinal Sen, Vinod Khanna and Girish Karnad, to name a few.

Kirron Kher told Times NOW that Anupam was the right choice to head the FTII, which provides training in acting, direction and other technical aspects of film making in a country which is one of the largest producers of movies. "I think sharing experience adds up to perspectives and that's what I want to do". "As a student I can say his mentoring has been a boon".

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. Chauhan who was appointed in June 2015 for a three-year term with retrospective effect from March 2014, however, due to vociferous protests against him by students Chouhan could assume the office only in January 2016 thus effectively getting only a 15 month tenure.

He has appeared in acclaimed global films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, 2007 Golden Lion award-winning Lust, Caution and 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.

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