Anupam Kher is new FTII Chairman, replaces Gajendra Chauhan

Anupam Kher is new FTII Chairman, replaces Gajendra Chauhan

"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.", Kher tweeted. However, when small-time actor Gajendra Chauhan had been appointed as the Chairman of an institute, thousands of students had started the protest against the Chairman.

The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor has over 500 films and plays to his credit, including worldwide projects like Bend It Life Beckham and the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook.

Besides, the veteran actor is also a known figure in the showbiz industry. He was also the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama.

Students had opposed his appointment as FTII chairman, claiming that he was not fit for the job and got the position for being a BJP leader.

Anupam Kher is that rare actor who has dabbled in both art films and commercial cinema and even made a name for himself in Hollywood with pictures like Bend It Like Beckham, Silver Linings Playbook, and others. "But certainly FTII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendraji's qualifications are coming across".

Chauhans appointment in 2015 had sparked an outrage among the students of the premier film institute. "What else do I need?" he said. Chauhan who was appointed in June 2015 for a three-year term with retrospective effect from March 2014, however, due to vociferous protests against him by students Chouhan could assume the office only in January 2016 thus effectively getting only a 15 month tenure.

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".

Talking about Anupam's body of work, he has appeared in over 500 films. 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".

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