Anupam Kher appointed FTII chairman

Television actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as FTII chief triggered massive protests in 2015

"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities,".

Kher was today appointed as the FTII chairman, succeeding Chauhan, who had a controversial tenure as the head of the institute.

Anupam, who began his acting career with "Saaransh" in 1984, also has his own acting institute Actor Prepares. Since its inception in 1960, the institute has become India's premier film and television institute, with its alumni becoming technicians, actors and directors in the film and television industry.

Anupam Kher has also earlier headed the Central Board of Film Certification from 2003 to 2004.

"The students at FTII don't see any difference between Chauhan and Kher, who is known to be to be a vocal supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi".

Chauhan's appointment was met with harsh opposition from students, faculty and many in the film fraternity.




Chauhan, however, said FTII needs a good administrator, more than a good actor.

The appointment of Chauhan as the chairman of one of India's most prestigious institutions - by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry that was then headed by Mr. Arun Jaitley - was greeted by much shock and disbelief by nearly all quarters.

"Rohit Kumar, General Secretary, FTII Students" Body said that the students' body will come up with an official response by the evening.

Kher has also been part of acclaimed worldwide 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. He takes over from Gajendra Chauhan who stepped down from the post in March this year.

Besides being one of the busiest actors of the era - Kher has appeared in over 500 films - he was also extremely malleable.

He was honoured with Padma Shri in 2004 and with Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution to the field of arts.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ' We're on the Right Path': Trump Responds to Senator Corker's WWIII Accusations
Oct 12, 2017 - 00:58
Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon , and National Security Advisor Mike Flynn have all left. Bob Corker is apparently still on, based on the new nickname the president bestowed upon Corker Tuesday morning.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump tweets that "only one thing will work" against North Korea
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:32
He has been very clear that that is his number one priority, and if he feels that action is necessary, he will take it, she said. Meanwhile, North Korea is reportedly preparing a test launch for an ICBM that could potentially threaten the continental US.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Smriti Irani says Rahul is against development
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:32
He said the people of Gujarat know what development is. One is Gandhi-Nehru model while another is Modi model. How many women are in the RSS?

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 First Impressions: More than just a stunning design
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:31
Xiaomi will also be available from company's exclusive Mi Home and offline retail stores starting November first week. Xiaomi instead turned its attention to the budget segment, where it fared exceedingly well over the last 12 months.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Big Yellow Group plc (BYG) Price Target Cut to GBX 725
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:31
About 585,661 shares traded. $228,287 worth of Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE:A) was sold by CLARK PAUL N on Thursday, May 25. KeyBanc Capital Markets initiated Berry Global Group Inc (NYSE:BERY) on Wednesday, November 30 with "Sector Weight" rating.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Odell Beckham Jr.'s Ankle Injury Means Surgery
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:28
It was particularly painful for fans as Beckham had done much to rejuvenate the team's stumbling fortunes early on in the game. Along with King, they will add rookie Travis Rudolph and wide receiver Darius Powe to the practice squad, ESPN reported.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sylvester Stallone Confirmed Back to Produce and Direct Creed 2
Oct 11, 2017 - 00:27
Stallone is great, and has proven that he's able to direct a superb Rocky movie ( Balboa is as good as any in the series). Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that he will be sitting behind the lens for " Creed 2 ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dozens Of Boston Police Deploy To Puerto Rico
Oct 10, 2017 - 00:39
Massachusetts State Police will also be shipping 13 cruisers to the island. "We are just hoping they come back safe and sound", the commissioner said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Christopher Columbus Statue Covered On LA's First Indigenous Peoples Day
Oct 10, 2017 - 00:35
But in 2016 Denver's council unanimously approved a proposal to designate the same day as Indigenous Peoples Day . Americans in general had a positive view of Columbus . "We do this because our history books erase such history".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top California Wildfires Prompt Mass Evacuations In Napa Valley
Oct 10, 2017 - 00:34
Centers for the evacuated have opened at Crosswalk Church, Napa Valley College Gym and the Napa County Fairgrounds, officials say. The wind-driven fires have created hazardous air in parts of both counties, by sending burning embers across a large area.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nadal conquers frustrated Kyrgios to win 75th career title
Oct 10, 2017 - 00:34
Unseeded Garcia edged Romanian Halep 6-4 7-6 (7-3) for her second successive title after victory at the Wuhan Open. I think I've found my objective in the last couple of months.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google 'discovers Russia-linked ads' on YouTube and Gmail before USA election
Oct 10, 2017 - 00:32
Initially, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly denied the platform had any role in spreading false information. Ads were apparently discovered on YouTube as well as search, Gmail and the DoubleClick ad network run by Google.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Uganda Cranes dash Ghanaian hopes
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:43
Cranes skipper Denis Onyango has complained that the nation's authorities are not serious about football after their draw with Ghana on Saturday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top What a Great Job We Have Done, Said Trump in Puerto Rico
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:42
Ricardo Rosselló, which now indicates 54 percent of Puerto Ricans have access to drinking water and 9.2 percent have electricity. In an interview with CNN , she said that Trump sometimes " spouts " comments "that really hurt the people of Puerto Rico".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Las Vegas shooter may have had help, plan to target Lollapalooza also
Oct 09, 2017 - 00:39
Travel records obtained by ABC News showed Danley uses an Australian passport and traveled to the Philippines on September 15. Paddock did not check in to the room and it is unknown whether he was in Chicago that weekend, as first reported by TMZ .