Anupam Kher appointed FTII chairman

Anupam Kher appointed new chairman of FTII Gajendra Chauhan sacked

Mr Kher wrote on Twitter that he felt "deeply humbled and honoured" to head the iconic institute. During the politically charged agitation by the students, several political leaders had also visited FTII campus in Pune.

He succeeds former television actor Gajendra Chauhan, whose controversial three-year-old tenure as FTII chairman ended in March.

"I would love to facilitate students rather than setting agenda like an administrator. As a student I can say his mentoring has been a boon". The appointment of Gajendra Chauhan, best known for playing Yudhisthira on TV epic Mahabharata, had sparked a major controversy a few years back. Kher will replace Gajendra Chauhan has the new FTII chairman, reported CNN-News 18.

Kher has a long and varied experience in acting in films as well as theatre. Anupam himself said he will give his best to the role. I think we will work very hard.

"I am a son of a government clerk who came to Mumbai with 40 rupees in the pocket. So, I am content".

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

Apart from featuring in Hindi films like "Karma", "Daddy", "Lamhe", "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara", "A Wednesday" and "Baby", the National Award-winner has dabbled in worldwide projects like "Bend It Like Beckham", "Bride and Prejudice", "Speedy Singhs", "The Mistress of Spices", "Lust, Caution" and the Academy Award winning "Silver Linings Playbook".

Kher has also been part of acclaimed global films such as the 2002 Golden Globe-nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, and the 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook. Previously, Kher has headed the Censor Board and the National School of Drama. He is one of those rare character-actors who are also a star.

In 2004, Kher had received Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 2016.

The actor is all for formal training in the craft. He had argued that FTII needed somebody "well-qualified and with a great body of work" and stated that Chauhan was not qualified either as producer, director or an actor for the job. This is not the first time I am handling an administrative post. He is an alumnus of the National School of Drama (1978 batch).

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