West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the Narendra Modi government must resolve the ongoing unrest at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
“The central government must resolve the prevailing unrest situation at #FTII Pune. They must take students and teachers into confidence. Political purpose should not stand in the way, institutions are above everything,” she tweeted.
“Since I was associated with student movements in the past, I respect student movements. I support their genuine cause always,”she added.
Five FTII students were arrested in Pune for illegal confinement after they ‘gheraoed’ the institute’s director Prashant Pathrabe.
The students have been protesting for over two months, demanding the removal of the facility’s newly-appointed chairman Gajendra Chauhan.
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.