Anupam Kher has finally got what he wanted, a position in the high seat. The veteran Bollywood actor has been appointed as the new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He will replace Gajendra Chauhan, who was appointed as the chairman on 9th June 2015. FTII students have been striking for months seeking Chauhan’s removal post his appointment in June 2015. However, after determined and unwavering protests against him by the students, he could assume office only in January 2016. Chauhan’s two-year tenure, which ended in March 2017, was marked by a 139-day strike by students, who protested against what they felt was a ‘politically-motivated appointment’.
Anupan Kher, who has previously held the position of chairman of the CBFC and National School Of Drama, will begin his stint at India’s premier film institutes with immediate effect. Kher has appeared in over 500 films and has been seen on television too. The actor is associated with many prominent films likes Saaransh, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Khosla Ka Ghosla and A Wednesday. He is not only been a part of some acclaimed international films such as ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ but played a part in the Oscar-winning film Silver Linings Playbook. In 2002, he even went behind the camera to direct Om Jai Jagadish. A teacher, philanthropist, and motivational speaker, Kher has acted in movies from regional India as well and can be seen in a dozen film in Tamil, Marathi, and Malayalam.
Anupam Kher who is a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016, joins legendary film personalities, including Shyam Benegal, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Saeed Mirza, Mahesh Bhatt, Mrinal Sen, Vinod Khanna and Girish Karnad, to head the autonomous FTII.
FTII has given Indian cinema many great personalities including Naseeruddin Shah, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Shatrughan Sinha, Raza Murad and Resul Pookutty.
The industry was quick to congratulate Anupam Kher on the appointment.
Congratulations my dear @AnupamPkher for becoming FTII Chairman ! Know you will do a great job !
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) October 11, 2017
Heartiest congratulations to @Anupamkher sir for being appointed as the Chairman of FTII 🙏
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) October 11, 2017
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) October 11, 2017
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) October 11, 2017
Excellent change. @AnupamPkher finally replaces Gajendra Chauhan or whatever his name is as FTII Chairman. Finally, the Govt is listening to us!— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) October 11, 2017