High drama as Chauhan takes charge at FTII

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yo­gesh Joshi yo­gesj.joshi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PUNE: Ac­tor-turned-politi­cian Ga­jen­dra Chauhan on Thurs­day as­sumed charge as chair­per­son of the Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia (FTII) and im­me­di­ately sought to make peace with stu­dents amidst fresh protests against his ap­point­ment as head of the pres­ti­gious in­sti­tute.

Chauhan’s first visit to the in­sti­tute af­ter he was named last year as the chair­man was marked by high drama as po­lice cracked down on stu­dents op­posed to his ap­point­ment say­ing he lacks cre­den­tials to head the pres­ti­gious in­sti­tute.

Chauhan, how­ever, said he can ex­am­ine the pos­si­bil­ity of tak­ing back the po­lice cases against the stu­dents if they ap­proach him.

“The law will take its course. But I can ex­am­ine scope for with­draw­ing cases filed against the FTII stu­dent-pro­test­ers (dur­ing 139-day strike pe­riod) if they ap­proach me. I can­not do so un­til I see the files con­cerned,” Chauhan said.

FTII stu­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Vikas Urs told Hin­dus­tan Times that de­spite po­lice ac­tion they will con­tinue to protest peace­fully.



Po­lice clash with stu­dents protest­ing against FTII chair­per­son Ga­jen­dra Chauhan out­side the in­sti­tute on Thurs­day.

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