Anupam Kher is new FTII Chairman, replaces Gajendra Chauhan

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Anupam Kher appt Chairman, FTII

Anupam Kher, an actor with a repertoire of over 500 movies including worldwide projects, was named Chairman of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. But now, after Anupam Kher's appointment, we can say that students must have satisfied with the new Chairman. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.", Kher tweeted.

Only last month Chauhan hit back at Kher citing a newspaper report saying FTII had seen "improvement in some aspects during Chauhan's tenure".

Similar to FTII, another organisation concerning the entertainment industry - the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) - was in news because of the person heading it. The institute witnessed a 139-day long strike from students which ultimately forced the government to cut short Chauhan's stay as FTII chairman.

Kher has worked in more than 500 films and over 100 plays in last three decades.

Kher is a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts. In fact, Kher openly chided Chauhan; he claimed Chauhan had no idea of cinema in a broader or global perspective and even told him to keep quiet when it came to justifying his appointment. It is so unbelievable that two institutions (FTII and NSD) where I studied as an actor and as a student, I have become the chairman of the same.

Visibly unhappy with some people wrongly reporting that Chauhan has been replaced by Kher, he also took to twitter and wrote, "I hv not been axed". Those who speak for BJP or RSS and support them are being appointed. Chauhan, who was appointed on the post on June 9, 2015, stepped down in March this year.

FTII Students' Association president Harishankar Nachimuthu, who spearheaded the campaign, maintained that student body had nothing to do with political affiliations of Chauhan.

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