Veteran actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new chief of Film and Television institute of India (FTII) which is located in Pune. Kher has replaced former television actor Gajendra Chauhan, who was appointed as the chairman in 2015. The two-year tenure of Chauhan ended in March, earlier this year due to a massive protest and strike by students which lasted for more than four months. The students who were protesting against Chauhan’s appointment claimed that the decision to appoint him was politically motivated.
Anupam Kher, who has been appointed as the new chairman is a critically acclaimed actor who has time and again been applauded for his contribution to Indian cinema and theatre. He has also contributed to international projects like Bend it like Beckham, Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution, and the 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook. Kher has acted in over 500 films and was previously the chairman of Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama. Kher is also a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016. He has even bagged many Filmfare awards for various roles.
FTII is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India and aided by the Central Government of India. It is situated on the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Film Company in Pune. Since its inception in 1960, FTII has become India’s premier film and television institute, with its alumni becoming technicians, actors and directors in the film and television industry.
Many known Bollywood personalities like Naseeruddin Shah, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Shatrughan Sinha, Raza Murad, Resul Pookutty and the late Smita Patil and Om Puri have come out of Film and Television institute of India.