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Controversies don’t seem to die around FTII, Amitabh Bachchan could have been chairman

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Amitabh_Bachchan_Robot_Audio_Release The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has recently witnessed a lot of upheaval. At first, the students went on a strike to protest against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman. The students believe that Chauhan, who played ‘Yudhishthir’ in “Mahabharat”, lacks the stature and vision to head the institution.

Recently, media is ablaze with the revelation that Chauhan was not even in contention for the position until about six months ago. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had drawn up a list of likely candidates who could help FTII “become a centre of excellence” in December. This note was approved by ministry officials and suggested names of Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupam Kher, Jahnu Barua, and even legendary Shyam Benegal, as likely prospects. However, this list was ignored and Chauhan who is a BJP member since 2004 and had campaigned for the party in Haryana during the elections, was appointed.

Bollywood industry is in support of students though. Actor Ranbir Kapoor too extended his support to Film and Television Institute of India students who have raised their voice against the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan as the new FTII chairman. Ranbir Kapoor said that the students’ demand is legitimate as they want an “aspirational figure”, who they can look up to.Gajendra_Chauhan_at_the_Dadasaheb_Phalke_Academy_Awards_2010

After several film celebrities supported the voice of the students, Ranbir Kapoor’s father, Rishi Kapoor too expressed his support with the FTII students. The 62-year-old actor took to micro-blogging website Twitter to voice his opinion.

“Advice. After all the protests and controversy, Gajendra Chauhan, the FTII Chairman should voluntarily retire. Will
do good to the students.”

“If they don’t want you, they don’t want you. By pushing for the chairmanship is getting you nowhere. Let self-pride play a role and retire,” Rishi, who belongs to Indian cinema’s globally popular Kapoor clan, tweeted.

So far, eminent names like Kiran Rao, Piyush Mishra, Sayeed Mirza, Jahnu Barua, Pallavi Joshi, Resul Pookutty and Rajat Kapoor have expressed their dissent over Chauhan’s appointment.

FTII students have been protesting against the appointment of Chauhan for the past 25 days, on the grounds that he isn’t qualified, but the government is unperturbed. An analysis of social media showed that 80% of about 10,000 online posts were in favour of the students and yet the govt. won’t relent on this.

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India Stunned By The Death Of Veteran Actress Sridevi

The actress breathed her last on Saturday night at around 11 p.m

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Sridevi is remembered for her performance is some of the iconic Bollywood films like "Mr. India", "Nagina", "Sadma", "ChalBaaz", "Chandni", "Khuda Gawah", among many others in different Indian languages. Wikimedia Commons

Veteran actress Sridevi, 54, passed away in Dubai, plunging the entire country into a pall of gloom as her fans and admirers expressed shock and disbelief.

The actress breathed her last on Saturday night at around 11 p.m. She was rushed to the nearby Rashid Hospital but pronounced dead on admission.

Her body is expected to be flown to Mumbai via a specially chartered flight on Sunday evening for the last rites but the timings were not confirmed yet, according to official sources.

Sridevi was in Dubai to attend the marriage function of actress Sonam Kapoor’s cousin Mohit Marwah, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi.

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Sridevi exuded elegance in her appearances — photos and videos that were now being shared on social media as her “last”. Wikimedia Commons

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Confirming the news of her death, Sridevi’s brother-in-law and actor Sanjay Kapoor, told IANS: “Yes, it is true.”

The Indian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Indian Consulate in Dubai were assisting the family to expedite the process to bring her body to India as soon as possible.

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The Padma Shri recipient, who made a comeback to Bollywood in 2012 with “English Vinglish” after a long break of 15 years, was last seen in “Mom” in 2017. Wikimedia Commons

Apparently having a premonition, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi’s co-star in half a dozen films, including “Khuda Gawah” had tweeted at 1.15 am on Sunday:

The untimely death of the veteran actress has left the country shocked. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned her demise.

Modi also took to Twitter, saying:

Southern movie stars and politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan also expressed disbelief.

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Sridevi first appeared on the silver screen as a child artist when she was only four years of age. M.A. Thirumugham’s Thunaivan (1969) was her debut film as a performer. Wikimedia Commons

Kamal Haasan, her co-star from “Sadma” — one of her most evocative performances — tweeted:

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who has sung for Sridevi in 20 films including “Chaand Kaa Tukdaa”, “Khuda Gawah”, “Lamhe”, “Chandni”, “Nazrana” and “Himmatwala”, had no words to express her shock.

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Her “Mom” co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui wrote: “It’s a heartbreaking news, can’t even imagine in the worst of my dreams – World losses the best performer.”

Superstar Aamir Khan was “saddened by the untimely and tragic passing away of Srideviji”. He said he has “always been an admirer of the grace and dignity with which she conducted herself”.

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Sridevi’s real name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. For her screen life, she had adapted the name Sridevi. Wikimedia Commons

While veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt was “jolted” by the news of her sudden death, Sunny Deol, who has worked with her in films like “Sultanat”, “ChaalBaaz” and “Ram-Avtar”, said he is “going to miss her”.

Showbiz queen Ekta Kapoor tweeted: “The strongest women have the weakest hearts sometimes.”

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said, “with Sridevi gone an era is over”.

“Like life turning a new chapter. A beautiful story just ended. An amazing spirit just vanished leaving us with amazing love, memories, and incredible grief,” he tweeted. (IANS)