BJP supporter Anupam Kher is new FTII chairman

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At that time, Anupam had voiced his opinions against Gajendra as he said, "I personally feel that the FTII represents a certain art form". Kher will replace Gajendra Chauhan has the new FTII chairman, reported CNN-News 18. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities", Anupam tweeted. The appointment of Gajendra Chauhan, best known for playing Yudhisthira on TV epic Mahabharata, had sparked a major controversy a few years back.

Following the appointment of Chauhan, FTII had witnessed over 130 days of strike where students had raised concerns over not getting scholarships and malfunctions of FTII under Chauhan's leadership. Anupam Kher soon took to Twitter to announce his appointment and wishes poured in from his colleagues like Anil Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Paresh Rawal as well as Twitterati who hailed the decision of the Smriti Irani-headed department. He added, "I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor". "As a student I can say his mentoring has been a boon". He has also been a part of global projects such as 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.

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Kher has been a recipent of National Film Award twice for the category Special Jury Award for his movies Daddy (1989) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005) respectively. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit extended his good wishes to the 62-year-old and said, "Kher sahab has a great body of work in the Indian as well as the global cinema. However, since he runs his own acting institute - Actor Prepares - in Mumbai and now that he has been given the task to head a government institute, there is surely a conflict of interest", FSA president Robin Joy said.

In 2004, Kher had received Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 2016. He is an alumnus of the National School of Drama (1978 batch).

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