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Anupam Kher Succeeds Gajendra Chauhan as FTII Chairman; Wife Kirron Kher Congratulates the Actor

Anupam Kher has previously held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama in India.

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Updated:October 11, 2017, 4:33 PM IST
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Anupam Kher Succeeds Gajendra Chauhan as FTII Chairman; Wife Kirron Kher Congratulates the Actor
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New Delhi: Actor Anupam Kher has been appointed the new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), located in Pune. He succeeds former television actor Gajendra Chauhan.

The two-year stint of Chauhan, which ended in March 2017, was marked by a 139-day strike by students, who protested against what they felt was a "politically-motivated appointment".

On becoming the new head of India's premiere film school, Kher said, "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's wife, Kirron Kher, also congratulated the actor on social media and wrote: "Congratulations my dear @AnupamPkher for becoming FTII Chairman ! Know you will do a great job!"




Kher has appeared in over 500 films and has been part of the theatre circles. He has also been part of acclaimed international films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, and the 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.​

He has previously held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama.

Kher is a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016.

FTII, an autonomous body, was in the past headed by legendary film personalities including Shyam Benegal, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Saeed Mirza, Mahesh Bhatt, Mrinal Sen, Vinod Khanna and Girish Karnad.

Many popular film personalities have come out of FTII, including Naseeruddin Shah, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Shatrughan Sinha, Raza Murad, Resul Pookutty and the late Smita Patil and Om Puri.
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