Bollywood actor and noted theatre personality Anupam Kher appointed as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chief. He will succeed Gajendra Chauhan.
Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan, who had a controversial tenure as head of the Pune-based institute. His term had ended in March.
A notification regarding Kher's appointment has been issued, Information and Broadcasting ministry officials said.
Former FT II chairman, Gajendra Chauhan, congratulations Kher on being appointed as chairman.
Anupam Kher has been appointed now as FTII Chairman, I hope he works well. My good wishes are with him: Gajendra Chauhan,Ex-FTII chairman pic.twitter.com/rXbcwrMqJg— ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2017
Anupam Kher has held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama in India. He is currently the chairman at Actor Prepares.
The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.
Anupam Kher's wife, Kirron Kher is BJP MP from Chandigarh constituency.
Congratulations my dear @AnupamPkher for becoming FTII Chairman ! Know you will do a great job !— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) October 11, 2017
Director Prakash Jha also praised the decision of the government.
"Welcome step! After @prasoonjoshi_ @AnupamPkher!! Moving in the right direction... Thank you for this @smritiirani," he said.
"Congratulations Shri @AnupamPkher ji, for being appointed as @FTIIOfficial chairman," said actor-politician Paresh Rawal.
Director Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, "Heartiest congratulations to @Anupamkher sir for being appointed as the Chairman of FTII.
(With agency inputs)