Supporting students in their protest against Gajendra Chauhan's appointment as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), actor Anupam Kher said that the premier institue needed a much-qualified person as chairman.
Last month Chauhan, who was seen as Yudhisthira on TV epic Mahabharata, took charge as the chairman of the Pune-based institute's governing council but his appointment has been under constant criticism by current and former students of the institute.
"I personally feel that FTII represents a certain art form... it does certainly need a person having a great body of work which means he is supposed to know world cinema, he is supposed to know the present state of cinema like editing. But certainly FTII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendra ji's qualifications are coming across," Kher said.
"I certainly do not think Gajendra ji is qualified as a producer, director or actor," he added.
Kher also said that the government institute should be autonomous certainly.
However he advised protesting students to attend their classes. FTII students, who alleged that Chauhan lacked "stature and vision" to head the institution, have been boycotting classes and academic work in protest.
"I feel students who are on strike, should go back, make movies, attend classes because the Chairman is not directly involved in day-to-day functioning of FTII," Kher said.