Anupam Kher wins hearts at FTII, Pune over lunch with students
The FTII students who had opposed Kher while pointing out to ‘conflict of interest’ issues as he runs a private acting institute, said they discussed their problems with him.pune Updated: Oct 16, 2017 22:23 IST
Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher won hearts at Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Monday when he made an unannounced visit, conducted a 30-minute acting class and had lunch with the students.
“Students come here to learn and if they have issues, that needs to be addressed,” said Kher while emphasising that he came to the institute only to listen to the students. “I want to be a facilitator. I want to be the person who wants to, sort of, take their point of view to the authorities,” he said.
The FTII students who had opposed Kher while pointing out to ‘conflict of interest’ issues as he runs a private acting institute, said they discussed their problems with him. “We had a meeting and the actor appeared to be positive about all the issues. He has assured us that he will take up and figure out the issue of shooting norms,” said Rohit Kumar, general secretary, FTII students association.
Kher did not face fierce resistance from the students unlike his predecessor Gajendra Chauhan. The FTII administrative staff was not allowed to attend his informal meeting with the students.
“Forty years ago, I came to this place as a student. Today, I once again came to the institute without informing anybody as I wanted to walk into this premier institute as a student. This is the place where I learnt how to face a camera and at NSD I learned how to act,” the 62-year-old actor said. He also made a live video of his visit en route to the institute and posted it on Twitter.
“I held an informal meeting with students where we had a good and positive conversation. We spoke on a number of topics. Hope we work out whatever we have spoken on,” he said.
Kher’s appointment as FTII chairman last week triggered yet another controversy with students’ protests on campus. Around 47 FTII students from the film wing of 2016 batch decided to boycott the dialogue exercise, a mandatory part of third semester project, after the administration refused to accept their demand for an extension.When asked about the students protest, Kher said, he wants to start on an optimistic note.