Veteran actor Anupam Kher is the newly appointed Chairman of the Film and Television Institute (FTII) in Pune. The man who runs a private acting school in Mumbai has some experience in running a film institute. In the past, he has also been the chairman of the CBFC and Chairperson for the National School of Drama. In an interview to IANS Kher has now spoken out for the first. Here's what Kher said in quotes.
On his appointment:
"I'm happy and humbled to facilitate students with my 40 years of experience in Indian and international cinema, travel, stage acting and everything. I think sharing experience adds up to perspectives and that's what I want to do."
Wants to act and interact:
"I would love to facilitate students rather than setting agenda like an administrator. I want to interact with students to understand their requirements, and along with faculties, I would be helping students for their betterment," said Mr. Kher, a vociferous BJP supporter.
When Gajendra Chauhan said FTII needed a good administrator more than a good actor
"See, it is not dignified to comment on someone's words that he said in a certain context. I think it is a great honor and a great sense of responsibility as well. I am a son of a government clerk who came to Mumbai with 40 rupees in the pocket. Today, whatever respect I have has been earned through my hard work and blessings of the Almighty, I couldn't have asked for more. So, I am content."
Kher believes in training:
"There is a training process that one should go through to learn the craft. I have been running an acting school for 14 years, and I think I have survived in the entertainment industry for 40 years because I am a student of National School of Drama."
FTII or films?
"No, no. I am an artist and nothing is going to change on that front. This is not the first time I am handling an administrative post. I was the Chairperson of National School of Drama as well. My job is not sitting in the office but working on ideas and I can handle that easily. My film, my theatre, shows, everything will be going simultaneously. You see, my grandfather used to say, 'A busy man has time for everything'."