Last Appointment Hurt FTII Students, I Will Be Healing Touch: Kher

Anupam Kher says there was a sense of disappointment among students about the previous FTII chairman.

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Anupam Kher is the new chairman of FTII.
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Anupam Kher, the newly appointed Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), had been quite vocal about his disapproval when Gajendra Chauhan was chosen to head the Pune-based film institute in 2015.

“FTII needs somebody who is well-qualified, someone having a great body of work, I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor,” is what Kher had said reacting to the news of Chauhan’s controversial appointment.

In a interview to The Indian Express after his selection as the new chairman, Kher says that the students of FTII “have felt a sense of disappointment with the earlier appointment. They are a little hurt. It is very important to make up for the lost time.”

Kher also added that the students needed a healing touch which he would provide, “The only thing I know is that I will be working along with the students. They are my source of learning and inspiration. I would like to be a healing touch to them.”

Meanwhile, Gajendra Chauhan has wished his successor the very best for his new responsibilities, but he also states that he did not have enough time to complete what he set out to do at the institute, “I played a 20/20 match and I tried my best to finish the work. My aim was to restore FTII to its past glory and I succeeded in that to an extent,” said Chauhan when asked about his reaction to Kher taking over.

As a parting shot Chauhan also added that FTII needed a good administrator and not an actor. “I convey my good wishes to him and I want to move on in life. What happens is that when somebody is given a post, then there are a lot of options behind it. I was also appointed from different options. A lot of people didn't get to see my work. In FTII, it's more important to be a good administrator than a good actor,” said Chauhan to a news portal.

(Source: Indian Express)

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