Anupam Kher new Chairman of FTII

Carla Harmon
October 11, 2017

Veteran actor Anupam Kher was on Wednesday named as the new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Mr Kher had then said that the FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Mr Chauhan had as a producer, director or actor. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities,". He succeeds former television actor Gajendra Chauhan. Films made by FTII students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and overseas and have won national and global awards.

He has appeared in over 500 films and has been part of the theatre circles.


Kher had also criticised the appointment Gajendra Chauhan, who is best known for his role as Yudhisthira in the epic TV Mahabharata, as chairman of the film industry watchdog.

Representatives of the students' body have expressed displeasure over Kher saying that it's clear that "only those close to BJP or RSS" are being appointed and said that the students' body "does not see any difference in the appointment of Kher and that of his predecessor Chauhan".


Kher's breakthrough film was Mahesh Bhatt's Saaransh (1984) where the then 28-year old actor played a middle-aged retired Maharashtrian man coming to terms with the death of his son in a mugging incident in NY. They felt that Chauhan lacked the vision to head a prestigious institution like FTII.

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. I was also appointed from different options. He also has his own acting institute Actor Prepares.


His appointment was followed by massive protests by FTII students and ex-students and a 139-day strike demanding his removal from the post. During the politically charged agitation by the students, several political leaders had also visited FTII campus in Pune.

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