Anupam Kher appointed as the new FTII chairman

Anupam Kher appt Chairman, FTII

He was among the few celebrities who had supported BJP's stand on the crackdown against JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid during the February 2016 sedition controversy. But now, after Anupam Kher's appointment, we can say that students must have satisfied with the new Chairman. A notification regarding Kher's appointment has been issued, officials said. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.", Kher tweeted. "The actor will take a back seat and the teacher will come to the forefront", Anupam Kher said after the announcement.

It was surprising to see that despite the protests, the BJP government didn't sack Chauhan till March 2017. At a time when Indian cinema is truly coming of age in more ways than one, someone like an Anupam Kher is perhaps a great choice to head the cradle of creativity that nurtured some of the best cinematic talents India has to offer: FTII.

Kher has previously held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama. I think our voice has reached the masses, but our pleas to the government have certainly fallen on deaf ears.

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On his appointment, he said that it was a sense of achievement and responsibility.

Such was the aura of the acting batch of FTII that any "good" actor who was not dancing around the trees was automatically attributed to the institute. The decision to appoint Nihalani, who is an open supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, raised several eyebrows.

While the students' body doesn't seem to be pleased with this appointment, a 2015-like agitation seems unlikely thanks to the severe clampdown by the administration on those who had actively participated in the strike which had lasted for four months.