The veteran Bollywood actor and well-known theatre personality Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman in Pune. The 62-year-old actor will replace Gajendra Chauhan as a new FTII chairman, reported CNN-News 18. Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as the FTII chairman sparked a huge controversy a few years back as he was criticized allegedly for lacking the qualifications to be a chairman of such big institution.
Kher also criticized the appointment of the Chauhan as the FTII chairman. According to a PTI report, Kher had said, “I personally feel that FTII represents a certain art form… it does certainly need a person having a great body of work which means he is supposed to know world cinema, he is supposed to know the present state of cinema like editing. But certainly, TII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendra ji’s qualifications are coming across.” While speaking to CNN-News 18, Anupam Kher’s wife Kirran talked about the development and thanked the Indian government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Smriti Irani for the appointment. She said that she’s extremely happy about the appointment and institute and student will get benefit from this decision.
When Kiran was about the reason why this appointment didn’t come earlier in place of Gajendra Chauhan, the actor-turned-politician refused to comment on it. Kirran Kher is a BJP MP from Chandigarh. The veteran actor Anupam Kher is one of the most respected actors in the Indian film industry. The 62-year-old actor has acted in over 500 films including Saaransh, A Wednesday, and Daddy. He has also played important roles in international movies like Golden Globe-nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee’s 2007 Golden Lion-winning Lust, Caution, and David O. Russell’s 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.