Faced with crit­i­cism, Chauhan says he didn’t in­sult Kher, Kapoor

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Ac­tor Ga­jen­dra Chauhan, who has re­cently been ap­pointed chair­man of the Pune-based Film and Tele­vi­sion of In­dia (FTII) So­ci­ety, has re­futed re­ports that sug­gest he spoke in an in­sult­ing man­ner about ac­tors Anu­pam Kher and Rishi Kapoor. Kher and Kapoor are known to have spo­ken out in sup­port of the stu- dents of the in­sti­tute, who feel that Chauhan does not have the req­ui­site ex­pe­ri­ence or body of work to head FTII, and want him to step down.

Chauhan, best known for play­ing Yud­histhra in Ma­hab­harata on TV, re­futed the re­ports that quoted him say­ing, ‘Who are Anu­pam Kher and Rishi Kapoor?’ “I have never said this. I can­not even think of us­ing such words for such se­nior peo­ple of the film

in­dus­try ... I have worked with them for many years,” Chauhan is quoted as say­ing. Asked if he would want to is­sue a de­nial or an apol­ogy, Chauhan says, “Since I did not use such lan­guage to re­fer to the two se­nior ac­tors, why should I is­sue a de­nial,” and adds, “They have their right to free­dom of speech and can voice their opin­ions.”

I can­not even think of us­ing such words for se­nior peo­ple in the film in­dus­try Ga­jen­dra Chauhan, ac­tor and chair­man, FTII

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