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

Jay Jacobs
October 12, 2017

FSA general secretary Rohit Kumar said, "Kher has credentials and we are not denying that, but look at the statements he had made in the last two-three years against the JNU, FTII, media and during the intolerance debate". "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities", Kher tweeted in his response.

Following several controversies, the post remained vacant for at least seven months, after Chauhan demitted office in March this year. "He is the only person who earlier headed CBFC, then National School of Drama and now has been appointed Chairman of FTII". "The actor will take a back seat and the teacher will come to the forefront", Anupam Kher said after the announcement. He succeeds former television actor Gajendra Chauhan.

The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor has over 500 films and plays to his credit, including worldwide projects like Bend It Life Beckham and the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook. He added, "I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor". "I want to interact with students to understand their requirements, and along with faculties, I would be helping students for their betterment", said Anupam, a vociferous BJP supporter.

He made his acting debut in Hindi film Aagman in the 1982 and has appeared in over 500 films so far.

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He has also worked 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".

He has also been a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution to Indian Cinema and arts respectively.

Besides, the veteran actor is also a known figure in the showbiz industry. I was the Chairperson of National School of Drama as well.

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