Centre replaces Gajendra Chauhan with Anupam Kher as FTII Chairman


The husband of actress and BJP MP Kirron Kher, will succeed the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment in 2014 had triggered widespread student protests.

The National Award victor, who began his acting career with "Saaransh" in 1984, has a vast repertoire of over 500 films.

The post remained vacant for at least seven months after Gajendra Chauhan demitted office in March this year, following constant protest by film fraternity and students of the institute.

FSA general secretary Rohit Kumar said, "Kher has credentials and we are not denying that, but look at the statements he had made in the last two-three years against the JNU, FTII, media and during the intolerance debate". "But certainly, TII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendra ji's qualifications are coming across", Kher had said according to a PTI report. He has been one of the busiest actors in the film industry and even made a record of winning the Filmfare Award eight years in a row in different categories. Earlier, Kher held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama. "What is your take now Mr. Kher @AnupamPkher?", Chauhan had tweeted on September 17.

In an interview to India TV, he had said, "I am a sycophant of Narendra Modi".

Anupam also has his own acting institute Actor Prepares. So, just as Gajendra's appointment was mired in controversy, the new appointment, too, will be seen as spoils system at work. Those who speak for BJP or RSS and support them are being appointed.

However, Anupam's appointment will attract criticism from many quarters. Student leaders who have left the institute are still undergoing trials in Pune court for a case of forceful confinement of then Director, FTII in August 2015.