FTII needs good administrator, not good actor: Chauhan

12 October, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Gary Shelton
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Versatile actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune and will succeed Gajendra Chauhan whose tenure ended earlier this year.

Kher's breakthrough film was Mahesh Bhatt's Saaransh (1984) where the then 28-year old actor played a middle-aged retired Maharashtrian man coming to terms with the death of his son in a mugging incident in NY.

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, who appeared in several acclaimed worldwide films, also appeared in more than 100 plays.

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In an interview to India TV, he had said, "I am a sycophant of Narendra Modi".

Chauhan, whose appointment to the post in June 2015 was opposed by FTII students, demitted office in March 2017.

However, students on the campus did not sound excited over his appointment. So, I think he will be able to handle it quite nicely. He 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.

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".

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Robin Joy, president of FTII students' association told DNA, "Kher is already running a private acting institute and still government has made a decision to appoint him as the chairman of a government institute".

The Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016) awardee actor has more than 500 movies and several plays in his repertoire.

"There is a training process that one should go through to learn the craft".

In the past few days, Anupam has been busy promoting his production "Ranchi Diaries", and he has also has film projects lined up.

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