Television actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as FTII chief triggered massive protests in 2015
12 October, 2017, 00:58
Chauhan, whose appointment to the post in June 2015 was opposed by FTII students, demitted office in March 2017.
Appointed in 2014 to head the prestigious body, Chauhan, a well-known film and television personality, took charge only in January 2016 when he entered the FTII campus for the first time and chaired the Governing Council meeting.
What truly separates Kher from many of his contemporaries is the ease with which he blended into the "actor-star" persona.
Prior to joining the FTII as its chairman, Kher has also held the chairman's post in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and National School of Drama (NSD).
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Before his term as FTII chairman came to an end in February this year, Chouhan approached the I&B Ministry seeking an extension of his tenure on the ground. "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.
The 62-year-old self professed admirer of the Prime Minister also has to his credit over 500 films. "I think sharing experience adds up to perspectives and that's what I want to do".
In the past few days, Anupam has been busy promoting his production "Ranchi Diaries", and he has also has film projects lined up. "In FTII, it's more important to be a good administrator than a good actor", Chauhan told IANS over phone from Mumbai. "What else do I need?" he said. Films made by FTII's students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and overseas and have won National and global awards. Also, we don't see this appointment any different than that of Gajendra Chauhan. Student leaders who have left the institute are still undergoing trials in Pune court for a case of forceful confinement of then Director, FTII in August 2015.
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