Veteran actor Anupam Kher was appointed as the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman on Wednesday afternoon. Kher will replace Gajendra Chauhan has the new FTII chairman, reported CNN-News 18. The appointment of Gajendra Chauhan, best known for playing Yudhisthira on TV epic Mahabharata, had sparked a major controversy a few years back. Kher, himself had criticised this decision. “I personally feel that FTII represents a certain art form… it does certainly need a person having a great body of work which means he is supposed to know world cinema, he is supposed to know the present state of cinema like editing. 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 news comes one day after The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) launched its first-ever skill-based training course in digital video editing on Tuesday. The three-week course is being conducted as a part of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana of the National Skill Development Corporation, which is run under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Anupam Kher’s wife, Kirran while speaking to CNN-News 18 about the development thanked the Indian government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Smriti Irani for the appointment while adding that students and institute will benefit from the decision. Kirran added that she is really happy about the appointment. However, she refused to comment on why this appointment didn’t come earlier in place of Gajendra Chauhan.
Anupam Kher is one of the most respected actors in the Indian film industry. He has also played important roles in international movies like 2002 Golden Globe-nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee’s 2007 Golden Lion-winning Lust, Caution, and David O. Russell’s 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.