Anupam Kher is the new FTII Chairman; replaces controversial Gajendra Chauhan

Anupam Kher is new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India

Anupam Kher who has appeared in over 500 films and has been part of the theatre circles has now been appointed as the new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), located in Pune.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher's appointment has brought a wave of happiness in the film fraternity.

Following several controversies, the post remained vacant for at least seven months, after Chauhan demitted office in March this year.

Pune: After the completion of two years of Gajendra Chauhan's controversial chairmanship in centre's aided Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new chairman.

Chauhan, however, said FTII needs a good administrator, more than a good actor. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit extended his good wishes to the 62-year-old and said, "Kher sahab has a great body of work in the Indian as well as the global cinema. I think sharing experience adds up to perspectives and that's what I want to do".


Although Anupam Kher never went to FTII, he is a graduate of the equally prestigious National School of Drama (NSD); his appointment can be seen as a "homecoming" of sorts. "The certification of my work is CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) report".

Kher will now head the FTII Society which is responsible for electing Governing Council and Academic Council which then takes decisions on important matters pertaining to administrative and academic matters concerning the institute. 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. "What else do I need?" he said.

"Obviously, there's no doubt that there are differences between us (students and Kher). Other things don't matter for the government", Kumar told The Indian Express.

Anupam's appointment as the FTII chief was announced on Wednesday.

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