He wrote, "I feel deeply humbled & honoured to be apportioned as the Chairman of iconic #FTII".
His appointment was followed by massive protests by FTII students and ex-students and a 139-day strike demanding his removal from the post. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities", Kher tweeted in his response. So, I think he will be able to handle it quite nicely.
Kher has served as the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in past.
Students had opposed his appointment as FTII chairman, claiming that he was not fit for the job and got the position for being a BJP leader. Anupam Kher soon took to Twitter to announce his appointment and wishes poured in from his colleagues like Anil Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Paresh Rawal as well as Twitterati who hailed the decision of the Smriti Irani-headed department. Anupam had then said the FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Chauhan had as a producer, director or actor.
In an interview to India TV, he had said, "I am a sycophant of Narendra Modi".
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Kher, who has appeared in acclaimed worldwide films such as Silver Lining Playbook and Bend it Like Beckham, was the Director of National School of Drama from 2001-2004.
Kher has also worked across different cinemas and featured in the first films of many filmmakers ranging from Indra Kumar (Dil ), Aditya Chopra (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge ) and Dibakar Banerjee (Khosla Ka Ghosla ) and knows what it takes to fuel a vision. He also pointed out that there's a possible "conflict of interest' angle involved as Kher himself runs his own acting school".
Talking about Anupam's body of work, he has appeared in over 500 films.
Will his new responsibility as FTII Chairman affect his film work? I was the Chairperson of National School of Drama as well.