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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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Important For Public Figures to Have Sense of Responsibility, Says Anupam Kher

"I have a Hindi film called 'One Day' directed by Ashok Nanda. It is coming up sometime in May. It is a thriller," he shared

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Anupam Kher (Wikimedia Common)

Veteran actor Anupam Kher says that it is important for public personalities to have a sense of responsibility.

Anupam on Saturday treated his fans with a Q&A session on Twitter, where a user asked him if public figures (actors and sportspersons) are role models. Should they always be held to the highest degree of moral and ethical standards or given a more lenient treatment as they are also imperfect like anyone else?

“It is very important for public figures to have a sense of responsibility,” he replied.

Another user asked the actor if he could tweet in support of actress-filmmaker Kangana Ranaut’s latest release “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi”.

Anupam called Kangana a rockstar.

“She is brilliant. I applaud her courage and performances. She is also the real example of women empowerment,” he said.

Talking about his favourite scene from the 1995 film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, he said: “My scene with Shah Rukh Khan about celebrating failure.”

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Anupam Kher (Wikimedia Commons)

A Twitterati said that “Uri: The Surgical Strike” overshadowed his film “The Accidental Prime Minister”.

“So what? I am so happy about it. Josh over behosh,” he replied, with a smiling emoji.

Asked what made him take up the medical series “New Amsterdam”, he replied: “Challenge of acting in an English language series. I think in Hindi. Also ‘New Amsterdam’ is an amazing series to be part of.”

Talking about what film’s failure bugged him the most, he said after the 1991 film “Lamhe” did not do well at the box office when it was released, he was disappointed.

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“But now it is considered to be a cult classic. Maybe it came before its time,” he added.

What’s next for Anupam?

“I have a Hindi film called ‘One Day’ directed by Ashok Nanda. It is coming up sometime in May. It is a thriller,” he shared. (IANS)