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By Ishan Kukreti

Delhi Police detained protesters agitating against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as Film and Television Institute of India’s (FTII) chairman in front of Shastri Bhavan today. Protesters at ‘Stand in solidarity with FTII students’ saw the rough side of law after slogans urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act judiciously were raised.

The highly agitated protesters, who had gathered to show support to the students of FTII were sent packing to the Parliament Street police station.

The frustration and a sense of wrong being done to them was evident in the eyes of students, who raised passionate slogans against Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitly, Narendra Modi and the general saffronization of educational institutes that’s been going in the country lately.

The solidarity protest was supposed to start at 2 PM. However, after starting at 2:15 PM it could not last for more than 20 minutes. The police forced the demonstrators into buses to be sent to the police station.

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ACP Ved Bhushan told NewsGram that the protesters had not received permission for carrying out the demonstration and hence the police had to intervene.

A delegation from FTII including ex-chairman Saeed Mirza, Resul Pookutty and members of student bodies from FTII, JNU and NSD will be meeting Information and Broadcasting minister Arun Jaitely today at National Informatics Center.

FTII students along with other student bodies of the country have been protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the premier film making institute of the country.

The students are demanding Chauhan’s removal as FTII’s chairman citing professional and artistic incompetence as the reason.

“Films can lead to propaganda and that is the whole point behind this protest. See, we are supposed to be political film makers, but we don’t want to stay in a place with a political bias.” an alumnus of FTII, Saumik Bhattacharya told NewsGram  

 

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Welcome the new Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Anupam Kher

Actor Kabir Bedi said Anupam “would do wonders” in his new role

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Pune, October 11, 2017 : Anupam Kher, an actor with a repertoire of over 500 movies including international projects, was named Chairman of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. The film industry hailed the move.

Official sources confirmed Anupam’s appointment. He will succeed the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment had triggered student protests.

Anupam’s wife Kirron Kher, an actress and BJP MP from Chandigarh, told Times NOW: “I’m very happy. Of course, it’s a challenging job for anybody. It’s not going to be an easy job. These chairmanships are crown of thorns. Here, people do get against you, but I am sure Anupam will be able to take them along because he is an extremely talented person.”

Anupam, who began his acting career with “Saaransh” in 1984, also has his own acting institute Actor Prepares.

Kirron said Anupam was the right choice to head the FTII, which provides training in acting, direction and other technical aspects of film making in a country which is one of the largest producers of movies.

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“My husband is a very fine actor. He has been in the film industry for so many years. He is very capable of (being FTII head).

“He has been teaching acting for so long. He is the only person who earlier headed CBFC, then National School of Drama and now has been appointed Chairman of FTII.

“So, I am a very proud wife today. I would like to thank the government and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry,” she said.

Asked what she meant by ‘crown of thorns’, she said: “I meant the CBFC, not FTII.”

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted: “Heartiest congratulations to Anupam Kher for being appointed as the Chairman of FTII.”

Filmmaker Pritish Nandy called it an “excellent change” at FTII. “Finally, the government is listening to us.”

Actor Kabir Bedi said Anupam “would do wonders” in his new role. (IANS)

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