Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Anupam Kher appointed new chairman of FTII

Anupam Kher appointed new chairman of FTII

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

"How can Kher head FTII when he is already running a private acting school?" asked Harishankar Nachimuthu, who headed one of its longest strike in the premier film institute's history to oppose Chauhan's appointment, mentions Hindustan Times. He is now the chairman at Actor Prepares.

Earlier, Anupam served as the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), and from 2001 to 2004 he was the Director of National School of Drama, from where he had passed out as a student in 1978. He succeeds former television actor Gajendra Chauhan.

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However, students on the campus did not sound excited over his appointment.

Anupam Kher is that rare actor who has dabbled in both art films and commercial cinema and even made a name for himself in Hollywood with pictures like Bend It Like Beckham, Silver Linings Playbook, and others. "But certainly, TII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendra ji's qualifications are coming across", Kher had said according to a PTI report.

FTII is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and is regarded as a center of excellence across the world.

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Chauhan completed his tenure in March.

Anupam Kher is popularly known for his films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Ram Lakhan, Dil, Tezaab and Beta. "I want to interact with students to understand their requirements, and along with faculties, I would be helping students for their betterment", said Anupam, a vociferous BJP supporter.

The Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016) awardee actor has more than 500 movies and several plays in his repertoire. He has also been a part of global projects such as Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's 2007 Golden Lion-winning Lust, Caution, and David O Russell's 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.

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