FTII Protests: Santhosh Sivan Quits Governing Council

Ace Cinematographer and FTII alum Santhosh Sivan quits FTII’s governing council in support of recent protests.

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Award winning Cinematographer Santhosh Sivan has quit FTII’s governing council to support protests against the recent appointment of the institute’s chairman. (Photo: <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santosh_Sivan">Wikimedia Commons</a>)

Ace cinematographer and film-maker Santhosh Sivan has quit the Governing Council of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in the wake of recent protests against The Information & Broadcasting Ministry’s move to appoint BJP member and actor Gajendra Chauhan, as president of the prestigious film institute and chairman of its governing council.

The students at the institute, based in Pune, see the move as a “political” appointment”, and an indefinite strike has been launched against Chauhan’s appointment.

I have nothing personal against Chauhan. But his appointment is a matter of concern. All well-wishers of the institute expect it to be headed by a stalwart. If that doesn’t happen, people don’t like it. There appears to be a lack of understanding about the institute in the ministry.

– Jahnu Barua, Noted Filmmaker and FTII Alumnus

Students have boycotted theory classes, practicals and diploma film work since Friday morning. And some have expressed their disapproval through graffiti on the walls.

Graffiti at the entrance to the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
Graffiti at the entrance to the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

As the protest escalated, a group of 70-80 students went from office to office forcing officials to stop work.

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