Veteran actor Anupam Kher has been named the new Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. Kher will succeed the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment had triggered student protests.
Gajendra Chauhan who is popularly known for his role as Yudhisthira in the TV serial Mahabharata was appointed as the governing council in 2015. The students were not so happy with his appointment and had boycotted the classes for 139 days.
Anupam seems to be the right choice as he has done more tha 500 films. He has also been the head of censor board and the National School of Drama in the past. He has also been awarded the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 by the Indian government.
Kher tweeted about the same and thanked everyone.
I feel deeply humbled & honoured to be apportioned as the Chairman of iconic #FTII. I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.🙏
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) October 11, 2017
Many celebrities also congratulated him. Check out the tweets here:
Congratulations my dear @AnupamPkher for becoming FTII Chairman ! Know you will do a great job !
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) October 11, 2017
Heartiest congratulations to @Anupamkher sir for being appointed as the Chairman of FTII 🙏
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) October 11, 2017
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) October 11, 2017
Congrats @AnupamPkher!! May the institute get greater glory ! Anupam Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan as newly-appointed chairman of FTII
— KUNAL VIJAYAKAR (@kunalvijayakar) October 11, 2017