Won't just be an administrator, says Anupam Kher (IANS Interview)

Posted October 12, 2017

Kher replaced Gajendra Chauhan, who had a controversial tenure as head of the Pune-based institute.

The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor also enjoys great proximity to the ruling dispensation with his wife Kirron Kher being a BJP MP from Chandigarh.

At that time, Anupam had voiced his opinions against Gajendra as he said, "I personally feel that the FTII represents a certain art form".

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What truly separates Kher from many of his contemporaries is the ease with which he blended into the "actor-star" persona.

Anupam Kher has also earlier headed the Central Board of Film Certification from 2003 to 2004.

While the students' body doesn't seem to be pleased with this appointment, a 2015-like agitation seems unlikely thanks to the severe clampdown by the administration on those who had actively participated in the strike which had lasted for four months. He succeeds Gajendra Chauhan, who was appointed in June 2015. "I want to interact with students to understand their requirements, and along with faculties, I would be helping students for their betterment", said Anupam, a vociferous BJP supporter. So, I think he will be able to handle it quite nicely.

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Kher has been a recipent of National Film Award twice for the category Special Jury Award for his movies Daddy (1989) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005) respectively. Since its inception in 1960, the institute has become India's premier film and television institute, with its alumni becoming technicians, actors and directors in the film and television industry. He was conferred with Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016.

He has also worked in global projects like "Bend It Like Beckham", "Bride and Prejudice", "Speedy Singhs", "The Mistress of Spices", "Lust, Caution" and the Academy Award winning "Silver Linings Playbook".

Besides being one of the busiest actors of the era - Kher has appeared in over 500 films - he was also extremely malleable.

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