"We shall work with students and I hope this institution will go from strength to strength", said Mr Anupam Kher in a Bollywood Hungama exclusive with Faridoon Shahryar shortly after it was announced that he's the new Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
"I feel deeply humbled and honoured to be apportioned as the Chairman of iconic FTII".
A veteran actor, Anupam Kher has won many national and global awards, including the "Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role" five times. Anupam Kher replaced Gajendra Chauhan who had a tumultuous stint at the top post. He is the only person who earlier headed CBFC, then National School of Drama and now has been appointed Chairman of FTII.
However, it was not only the students who were opposed to this idea.
The appointment of Anupam Kher is, however, posing several questions, while the students are taking his appointment as a joke.
Actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new FTII (Film and Television Institute) Chairman.
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He has appeared in over 500 films and has been part of the theatre circles.
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.
The two-year stint of Chauhan, which ended in March 2017.
FTII is an autonomous body under the ministry of information and broadcasting and is regarded as a centre of excellence across the world.
On his appointment, he said that it was a sense of achievement and responsibility. He also runs an acting school Actor Prepares in Mumbai. However, Kumar stated that he does not see any difference between the appointment of Kher and that of Chauhan as the primary qualification seems to be their proximity to BJP or RSS. The institute hit the headlines past year when students boycotted classes for 139 days in opposition to Chauhan's appointment.