Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Anupam Kher leads the The Film and Television Institute of India

Anupam Kher leads the The Film and Television Institute of India

"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities,".

Veteran actor Anupam Kher's appointment has brought a wave of happiness in the film fraternity.

To a question on the appointment at the party's media briefing here, Congress spokesperson R.P.N Singh said the actor has given some huge performances and hoped he will bring changes for the betterment of the institution. Previously, Kher has headed the Censor Board and the National School of Drama. He succeeds former television actor Gajendra Chauhan.

Anupam's appointment as the FTII chief was announced on Wednesday.

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.

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The appointment of Chauhan as the chairman of one of India's most prestigious institutions - by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry that was then headed by Mr. Arun Jaitley - was greeted by much shock and disbelief by nearly all quarters. "But certainly FTII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendraji's qualifications are coming across". The students had even held a 139-day strike to oppose the appointment and protests of "Gajendra Chauhan go back" had become a common sight.

In an interview to India TV, he had said, "I am a sycophant of Narendra Modi". Some of his Hindi films include "Karma", "Daddy", "Lamhe", "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara", "A Wednesday" and "Baby".

Kher, who has appeared in acclaimed worldwide films such as Silver Lining Playbook and Bend it Like Beckham, was the Director of National School of Drama from 2001-2004.

The Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016) awardee actor has more than 500 movies and several plays in his repertoire.

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