Anupam Kher appointed new FTII chairman, replaces Gajendra Chauhan

Anupam Kher appointed new chairman of FTII Gajendra Chauhan sacked

Anupam Kher appointed new chairman of FTII Gajendra Chauhan sacked

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, who has acted in over 500 movies and is a vocal supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was on Wednesday named Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. The appointment of Gajendra Chauhan, best known for playing Yudhisthira on TV epic Mahabharata, had sparked a major controversy a few years back.

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It is a very humbling feeling and a great honour to be the chairman of FTII.

Kher has a long and varied experience in acting in films as well as theatre. He was also the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama. Films made by FTII's students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and overseas and have won National and global awards. So, I think he will be able to handle it quite nicely. "As a student I can say his mentoring has been a boon".

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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. Anupam had said when Chauhan was appointed that the FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Chauhan had as a producer, director or actor. It is so awesome that two institutions (FTII and NSD) where I studied as an actor and as a student, I have become the chairman of the same.

In 2004, Kher had received Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 2016. The psychodrama established Kher as a force to reckon with and in a short period he went on to become one of the most recognisable faces in Hindi cinema.

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On the work front, Anupam Kher is now busy promoting his maiden production "Ranchi Diaries".

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