Gajendra Chauhan on Anupam Kher's appointment: 'FTII needed a good administrator more than a good actor'
'I would love to facilitate students rather than setting agenda like an administrator,' Kher replied to Chauhan. Photograph: (Twitter)
Ministry of information and broadcasting appointed veteran actor Anupam Kher as the new Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman on Wednesday.
Kher will be succeeding Gajendra Chauhan whose appointment in 2014 had triggered widespread student protests.
On Kher's appointment as his successor, Chauhan who completed his tenure in March was quoted by IANS: " FTII needed a good administrator more than a good actor."
When told of Chauhan's statement that sounded like a dig, Kher, according to IANS replied, "See, it is not dignified to comment on someone's words that he said in a certain context. I think it is a great honour and a great sense of responsibility as well."
He added, "I would love to facilitate students rather than setting agenda like an administrator. I want to interact with students to understand their requirements, and along with faculties, I would be helping students for their betterment."
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 (@AnupamPkher) October 11, 2017
Kher went on to say that he is a son of a "government clerk who came to Mumbai with 40 rupees in the pocket" and today whatever respect he has earned is through his "hard work and blessings of the Almighty".
He said, "I couldn't have asked for more. So, I am content."
Kher had also been involved in a war of words with Chauhan when at the time of his appointment as FTII chairman, Kher had said that "the FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Chauhan had as a producer, director or actor".
Anupam Kher is a National Award winner, who began his acting career with the film "Saaransh" in 1984 and has done more than 500 films.
He has also served as the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), and from 2001 to 2004 served as the Director of National School of Drama.