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Anupam Kher appointed new FTII chairman

Anupam Kher appointed new FTII chairman Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 11, 2017, 09.06 AM (IST)

Veteran actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new chairman of Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

He replaces actor Gajendra Chauhan whose appointment as chairman had created a furore in the institute two years ago.

"I will go with a clear mind and do as much work as I can. I am looking forward to it," newly-appointed chairman Anupam Kher said.

Gajendra Chauhan's tenure as chairman of the institute had expired in March. The government decided not to give him an extension instead Kher was seen as a more acceptable face to head the film institute. 

"Anupam Kher has been appointed as FTII chairman, I hope he works well. My good wishes are with him," outgoing chairman Gajendra Chauhan said.

A notification regarding Kher's appointment has been issued, FTII officials said.

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