FTII needs good administrator, not good actor: Chauhan

Television actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as FTII chief triggered massive protests in 2015

The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry on Wednesday announced the appointment of Kher about eight months after actor Gajendra Chouhan completed his term as the FTII chairman.

The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor has over 500 films and plays to his credit, including global projects like Bend It Life Beckham and the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook.

The Congress on Wednesday said that Anupam Kher, who was on Wednesday appointed FTII chairman, was a very good actor but some of his comments had "less to with cinema and more with politics". "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.

Congratulatory messages for Anupam Kher, many from the film fraternity, flooded social media.

Earlier, Anupam served as the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), and from 2001 to 2004 he was the Director of National School of Drama, from where he had passed out as a student in 1978. Films made by FTII's students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and overseas and have won National and global awards.

In an interview to India TV, he had said, "I am a sycophant of Narendra Modi". I think it is a great honour and a great sense of responsibility as well.




Anupam also has his own acting institute Actor Prepares.

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

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

He has appeared in acclaimed worldwide films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, 2007 Golden Lion award-winning Lust, Caution and 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.

He made his acting debut in Hindi film Aagman in the 1982 and has appeared in over 500 films so far.

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