Actor Anupam Kher Replaces Gajendra Chauhan As New FTII Chairman

Actor Anupam Kher Replaces Gajendra Chauhan As New FTII Chairman

The actor tweeted, "I feel deeply humbled and honored to be apportioned as the Chairman of iconic FTII".

Following several controversies, the post remained vacant for at least seven months, after Chauhan demitted office in March this year.

Kher, who has earlier headed the Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board) and the exalted National School of Drama (NSD), is a versatile actor of worldwide repute, having acted in the Oscar-winning blockbuster, Silver Linings Playbook while picking up various awards - including a national award - for his roles in various films back home in India.

Former FT II chairman, Gajendra Chauhan, congratulations Kher on being appointed as chairman. Anupam Kher soon took to Twitter to announce his appointment and wishes poured in from his colleagues like Anil Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Paresh Rawal as well as Twitterati who hailed the decision of the Smriti Irani-headed department. "I think sharing experience adds up to perspectives and that's what I want to do".

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An actor of high standing (he has acted in more than 500 movies), Kher had held the position of the chairman of Central Board of Film Certification in the 2000s with remarkable maturity. He had argued that FTII needed somebody "well-qualified and with a great body of work" and stated that Chauhan was not qualified either as producer, director or an actor for the job.

In an interview to India TV, he had said, "I am a sycophant of Narendra Modi".

Some of Kher's prominent films include Saaransh, Daddy, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Khosla Ka Ghosla and A Wednesday.

He has also worked in global projects like "Bend It Like Beckham", "Bride and Prejudice", "Speedy Singhs", "The Mistress of Spices", "Lust, Caution" and the Academy Award winning "Silver Linings Playbook". Chauhan had taken over as the new chairman amidst the ongoing agitation from the students. I was the Chairperson of National School of Drama as well.

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