FTII students plan protest on Gajendra Chauhan’s Day 1 in office

  • IANS, Pune
  • Updated: Jan 06, 2016 19:14 IST
The appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as FTII chairman received strong opposition from students of FTII who questioned his professional credibility to lead the institute due to lack of “stature” and “vision”. (PTI File Photo)

The Film and Televison Institue of India (FTII) campus in Pune may see some heat on Thursday as the students plan to protest the appointment of the new chairman Gajendra Chauhan who will take charge of the office. The actor and BJP member says he only wants to focus on doing his “job”.

On Thursday, Chauhan will chair his first FTII Society meeting.

“We will be finalising the governing council and then other agenda will be discussed,” Chauhan told IANS.

Chauhan, best known for essaying the role of ‘Yudhishthir’ in BR Chopra’s “Mahabharat” and has also featured in small roles in various films like “Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge” and “Baghban”, was appointed as FTII chairman on June 9, 2015.

His appointment was followed by a series of protests by students and celebrated alumni of the Pune-based premier film institute. Students had even gone on an indefinite strike on June 12 as they questioned his professional credibility to lead the institute due to lack of “stature” and “vision”.

The students withdrew the strike in October after 139 days.

Now Chauhan is joining office after seven months of his appointment.

For his first day in office, the students are once again planning protests.

FTII Students’ Association president Harishankar Nachimuthu told IANS: “He (Chauhan) is coming... that is confirmed, but we have not got any official intimation. There will be protests obviously, but we have not decided other things. There will be some protest at the campus tomorrow (Thursday).”

On his part, Chauhan is not hassled by the protests as he notes “it’s about fulfilling the responsibility”.

“I have been ordered by the government, and I will do my job. Let me go there and see. I can’t comment on what they will do, but I am ready to do my job.”

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