Actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune on Wednesday. He takes over from television actor Gajendra Chauhan, who stepped down from his position this year in March.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher is new Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairman pic.twitter.com/NQaM7A0hd5— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 11, 2017
Soon after the announcement, Kher took to Twitter to respond to his appointment
I feel deeply humbled & honoured to be apportioned as the Chairman of iconic #FTII. I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.🙏— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) October 11, 2017
The 62-year-old actor, who has been critically acclaimed for multiple Hindi films has also acted as the head of the censor board and the National School of Drama.
Chauhan, who was given the charge in 2015, served for only one year and seven months as against the usual norm of three years as his tenure was mired in controversies and protests.
Meanwhile, congratulatory messages, mostly from the film fraternity poured on social media. His wife Kirron Kher also took to Twitter to congratulate him
Congratulations my dear @AnupamPkher for becoming FTII Chairman ! Know you will do a great job !— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) October 11, 2017
Congratulations Shri @AnupamPkher ji, for being appointed as @FTIIOfficial chairman.— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) October 11, 2017
What can be better than appointing a perpetual teacher to FTII. One of the senior most and passionate film/ theatre artist, motivator and with great sense of humour. Congrats @AnupamPkher thanks @smritiirani— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) October 11, 2017
Congratulations @AnupamPkher with your keen artistic eye and experience one can only see greater heights ahead.— Prasoon Joshi (@prasoonjoshi_) October 11, 2017
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