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Anupam Kher is new FTII chairman

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Delhi: Veteran actor Anupam Kher was today appointed chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India, succeeding Gajendra Chauhan who had a controversial tenure as head of the Pune-based institute, officials in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said.

Kher, 62, said he was "deeply humbled and honoured" to be appointed chairman of the "iconic FTII". "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities," he said in a tweet.

Kher, a graduate from Delhi's National School of Drama (NSD) who has appeared in over 500 films and many plays, was conferred the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

His predecessor, best known for playing Yudhisthir in the TV show Mahabharata, helmed the institute for about two years. Chauhan's tenure, which ended in March this year, was marked by a 139-day strike by students protesting what they perceived was a politically-motivated appointment.
Kher's wife Kirron Kher, the BJP MP from Chandigarh, was amongst the first to congratulate him.

"Congratulations my dear @AnupamPkher for becoming FTII Chairman! Know you will do a great job!," she said on Twitter.

Born on March 7, 1955, in Shimla, Kher completed his education from the D A V School in the city.

He has previously held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and director of NSD.

Considered one of the Hindi film industry's most prolific and versatile actors, Kher made his acting debut in 1982 with "Aagman", but the 1984 Mahesh Bhatt film "Saaransh" was his breakout role.

Then just 28, Kher played the role of a retired middle class man grappling with his son's death.

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