Congratulations, Anupam Kher, New FTII Chairman: Tweet Kirron Kher, Sonam Kapoor, Others

Congratulations, Anupam Kher, New FTII Chairman: Tweet Kirron Kher, Sonam Kapoor, Others

Congratulations, Anupam Kher, New FTII Chairman: Tweet Kirron Kher, Sonam Kapoor, Others

"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities", Kher tweeted in his response.

Anupam, 62, husband of actress-and-BJP MP Kirron Kher, will succeed the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment in 2014 had triggered widespread student protests. A person who has done cinema, television, and who also owns an acting institute.

Chauhan's appointment was met with harsh opposition from students, faculty and many in the film fraternity.

Kher had told Chauhan on national television that he may have worked in cinema and possessed years of experience in acting but that in any way did not make him fit to head FTII.

The FTII is an autonomous institute under the Information & Broadcasting Ministry and funded by the Central Government.

His appointment was followed by massive protests by FTII students and ex-students and a 139-day strike demanding his removal from the post. He added, "I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor".

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"Rohit Kumar, General Secretary, FTII Students" Body said that the students' body will come up with an official response by the evening.

He has appeared in acclaimed worldwide films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, 2007 Golden Lion award-winning Lust, Caution and 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.

Kher has been a recipent of National Film Award twice for the category Special Jury Award for his movies Daddy (1989) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005) respectively.

In the past few days, Anupam has been busy promoting his production "Ranchi Diaries", and he has also has film projects lined up.

Kher, who was the recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution to the field of cinema and arts, has won several national and global awards and recognitions during his career in film industry.

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