Anu­pam Kher is new FTII chairman

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Anu­pam Kher, an ac­tor with a reper­toire of over 500 movies in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional projects, was on Wed­nes­day named Chairman of the pres­ti­gious Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia (FTII) in Pune. The film in­dus­try hailed the move.

Of­fi­cial sources con­firmed Anu­pam’s ap­point­ment. He will suc­ceed the con­tro­ver­sial Ga­jen­dra Chauhan, whose ap­point­ment had trig­gered stu­dent protests.

Anu­pam’s wife Kir­ron Kher, an actress and BJP MP from Chandi­garh, told Times NOW: “I’m very happy. Of course, it’s a chal­leng­ing job for any­body. It’s not go­ing to be an easy job. These chair­man­ships are crown of thorns. Here, peo­ple do get against you, but I am sure Anu­pam will be able to take them along be­cause he is an ex­tremely tal­ented per­son.”

Anu­pam, who be­gan his act­ing ca­reer with “Saaransh” in 1984, also has his own act­ing in­sti­tute Ac­tor Pre­pares.

Kir­ron said Anu­pam was the right choice to head the FTII, which pro­vides train­ing in act­ing, di­rec­tion and other tech­ni­cal as­pects of film mak­ing in a coun­try which is one of the largest pro­duc­ers of movies.

“My hus­band is a very fine ac­tor. He has been in the film in­dus­try for so many years. He is very ca­pa­ble of (be­ing FTII head).

“He has been teach­ing act­ing for so long. He is the only per­son who ear­lier headed CBFC, then Na­tional School of Drama and now has been ap­pointed Chairman of FTII.

“So, I am a very proud wife to­day. I would like to thank the gov­ern­ment and the Information and Broad­cast­ing Min­istry,” she said.

Asked what she meant by ‘crown of thorns’, she said: “I meant the CBFC, not FTII.”

Film­maker Mad­hur Bhan­darkar tweeted: “Hearti­est con­grat­u­la­tions to Anu­pam Kher for be­ing ap­pointed as the Chairman of FTII.”

Film­maker Pri­tish Nandy called it an “ex­cel­lent change” at FTII. “Fi­nally, the gov­ern­ment is lis­ten­ing to us.”

Ac­tor Kabir Bedi said Anu­pam “would do wonders”.

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