Anupam Kher appointed new chairman of FTII

Anupam Kher appt Chairman, FTII

"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities", Anupam tweeted. He is now the chairman at Actor Prepares.

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.

Students had opposed his appointment as FTII chairman, claiming that he was not fit for the job and got the position for being a BJP leader.

However, Anupam's appointment will attract criticism from many quarters.

Bollywood actor and noted theatre personality Anupam Kher.

FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola and other senior functionaries including Deans of both films and television wings are in New Delhi since Tuesday morning for a meeting with the Secretary, Information and Brodcasting. "But certainly, TII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendra ji's qualifications are coming across", Kher had said according to a PTI report.

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Tenure of previous FTII Society headed by Chauhan ended on March 3 earlier this year. "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.

Some of Kher's prominent films include Saaransh, Daddy, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Khosla Ka Ghosla and A Wednesday.

Kher, who has appeared in acclaimed worldwide films such as Silver Lining Playbook and Bend it Like Beckham, was the Director of National School of Drama from 2001-2004. He succeeds Gajendra Chauhan, who was appointed in June 2015.

Talking about Anupam's body of work, he has appeared in over 500 films.

Kher, who was the recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution to the field of cinema and arts, has won several national and global awards and recognitions during his career in film industry.

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