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Mumbai: Actor Ranbir Kapoor is the latest Bollywood celebrity to extend support to Film and Television Institute of India students who have raised their voice against the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan as new FTII chairman. He says the students’ demand is legitimate as they want an “aspirational figure”, who they can look up to.

In a black and white video, posted by FTII students on video-sharing site YouTube, the “Bombay Velvet” actor has asked the authorities to pay heed to the students’ demands, to talk to them and address their grievances.

“FTII, Pune, has been a premier institute in India. It has given birth to so many award winning filmmakers, directors, editors and cinematographers. People look at a graduate from FTII with so much of respect,” the 32-year-old said in the video.

Ranbir, who is not an FTII alumni, added that people are proud to have an institute of this stature in India and it is only fair that the students want someone with a body of work that will inspire them.

“It is only fair that students deserve a fair hearing of what they want, all they require is an aspirational figure to look up to somebody with a large body of work, (if) not large body of work but a body of work that they can aspire or they can be inspired from,” Ranbir said.

He also pointed out how in an institution of arts like FTII, there has to be freedom of speech.

“I don’t think what the students are asking for is illogical, all they are asking for is to give them a fair chance, a fair opportunity, correct faculty, correct syllabus. I really do pray that an institute that we all are so proud of and seen such great personalties emerge from… Shouldn’t be a disappointment for student and future students,” he said.

The students of the Pune-based institute have been boycotting classes and abandoning academic work to protest the “politically motivated” appointment of Chauhan, who according to them, lacks stature and vision to head the institution.

Chauhan, best known for playing ‘Yudhisthira’ in popular mythological TV serial “Mahabharata”, took over as the chairman of the institute’s governing council last month. His appointment was later criticised by current and former students of FTII, who were joined by students of various institutes like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University and Delhi Technological University in their protest.

So far, 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.

(IANS)

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  • Brahmastra will be directed by Ayan Mukherjee and Produced by Karan Johar.
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Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor Starrer Brahmastra is the first 100 Crore movie under KJO’s Production

One of the most awaited Bollywood pairs, Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor will be playing the lead role in the upcoming movie Brahamastra which will be released in 2019. The movie will be directed by the famous director Ayan Mukherjee and produced by Karan Johar.

Amitabh Bachchan will also be seen in the movie with the pair of Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor. The movie is said to be a 100 crore venture and it will the first 100 crore movie for Dharma Productions till date.

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Earlier tentatively titled Dragon, Brahmastra was renamed and announced by producer Karan Johar on Amitabh Bachchan’s 75th birthday on October 11. The film will be a modern-day movie and is set in India as stated by director Ayan Mukherjee at the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

  • prepared by Pragya Mittal| Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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