Pune/ Mumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher on Wednesday was announced Chairperson of Film and Television Institute of India (Pune). The actor's name was announced by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting eight months after Gajendra Chauhan's tenure as chairperson got over.
Kher, who has worked in over 500 films including international projects, made his acting debut in 1984 with Saaransh. Soon after the news was out the actor tweeted, “I feel deeply humbled and honoured to be apportioned as the Chairman of iconic #FTII. I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.” The actor is currently promoting his upcoming production Ranchi Diaries.
Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment raised eyebrows, congratulated his successor saying, “I hope he will do his best and work for the betterment of the institute. There's no doubt that Anupam Kher has many years of experience and is a great actor and director. But a major part of the chairperson's job is administrative work and concern person needs great administrative qualities.”
He added, “During my tenure, I tried to bring in changes like we introduced the new courses. I am sure he will do well because he also runs his own acting institute so he will understand the institute better.”
Chauhan said there were certain issues which he couldn't complete during his tenure and he would want Kher to take it. “The boys' hostel within the institute premises is 50 years old. We had planned to reconstruct the building and I had sent a tentative budget to the government. They had given a verbal go ahead. Similarly, the construction work of the new studio needs to happen at a fast pace. I hope the diploma courses finish on time and we need new equipment. We are not getting good staff because the pay scale is very low. He needs to work on the pay scale of the staff."
Kher, who runs his own acting institute Actor Prepares, has headed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the National School of Drama in the past.
Suhail Nayyar, a former acting student of FTII and known for films like 'Udta Punjab' and 'Commando 2' is hopeful that Kher will bring in positive changes. “He is not Gajendra Chauhan. Anupam sir has worked in more than 500 films and is Padma Bhushan award winner. He has passed out from NSD and knows the craft.”