Now, Ra­jkum­mar Rao sup­ports FTII stu­dents

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Stu­dents of the Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia (FTII), who are protest­ing against the ap­point­ment of ac­tor Ga­jen­dra Chauhan as the in­sti­tute’s new chair­man, have a sup­porter in ac­tor

Ra­jkum­mar Rao (right). The latest Bol­ly­wood celeb to back the stu­dents, Ra­jku­mar — an alum­nus of FTII — posted on Twit­ter: “FTII needs to be in safe hands. Stu­dents need some­body who they can trust and look up to. It’s their fu­ture which is at stake here.”

The 30-year-old Na­tional Award-win­ner, who has starred in films like Love Sex aur Dhokha (2010), Shahid (2013), Queen (2014) and City-Lights (2014), passed out from the in­sti­tute in 2008.

The stu­dents of the Pune-based in­sti­tute have been boy­cotting classes and aban­don­ing aca­demic work to protest the “po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated” ap­point­ment of Chauhan, who ac­cord­ing to them, lacks stature and vi­sion to head the in­sti­tu­tion.

PHOTO: PRAMOD THAKUR/HT

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