Newly appointed Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairman Anupam Kher on Monday made an unannounced visit to the institute campus in Pune. Unlike his predecessor Gajendra Chauhan, Kher did not meet with any resistance when he visited the campus. The meetings went off so well that he even had lunch with students in the canteen – all of it in a very informal manner that was great to see. Kher even had a small interaction with students of 2016 batch who are protesting over academic issues. The veteran actor said that he would meet them and discuss the issue later in the day. “He spoke to us and then proceeded to meet the acting students. He said he would talk to the entire 2016 batch separately,” one of the students was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. The newly appointed chairman even met the students in the main theatre (MT) of the FTII and spoke to them about their problems.
“After listening to students, Kher said that the demands raised by students were reasonable and that he will speak to Director, FTII and try to resolve them,” another student was quoted as saying. “He said that all of them may not get resolved within a day or two but he will work towards them,” said one of the students who participated in the interaction,” he added. As seen in some pictures tweeted by news agency ANI, Kher had lunch with some of the students.
Kher was recently appointed as the chairman of the premier institute where he replaced Gajendra Chauhan whose tenure was marred by a number of controversies. The appointment of Gajendra Chauhan, best known for playing Yudhisthira on TV epic Mahabharata, was questioned by students of the institute who termed it nothing but a result of political largesse.