Actor Anupam Kher strongly criticised the decision to appoint veteran actor Gajendra Chauhan as the head of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Chauhan, best known for playing Yudhisthira on TV epic "Mahabharata", took over as the chairman of the Pune-based institute's governing council last month.
Kher was in Chandigarh to interview his wife, actor and Chandigarh member parliament (MP) Kirron Kher. The session was organised by the Chandigarh chapter of Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII’s) Young Indians (Yi) as part of CII Yi Conversations at CII NR Headquarters. Anupam Kher further advocated that FTII should be autonomous and that the government had no business to intervene.
Chauhan’s appointment has been widely criticised as FTII students have been boycotting classes, abandoning academic work in protest against the appointment. Kher further said, “I certainly feel that he doesn’t deserve to be the head the institute given the kind of educational qualifications he has. It needs a person with great body of work and someone who understands the current state of cinema. I don’t want to comment on Gajendra as a person but would say that FTII needs a much more qualified person for sure.” “Let’s not turn into an institute with more facilities and less emphasis on education,” he added. He also suggested that the students must start attending classes again.