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New FTII Chairman Anupam Kher walks into institute unannounced

Cine actor Anupam Kher who has been appointed new Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairperson Anupam Kher, opted to visit the campus on Monday. Kher reached the campus unannounced and upon meeting the students he promised that he is on their side.
Kher, who was once student himself in the institution around four decades ago, walked into the campus catching the guards, students and faculty by surprise. “I am heading towards an institution where I had studied in 1978, which was very important for my foundation as an actor. And today, I have not informed anybody at this institute that I am coming, because I wanted to go back again as a student,” he said.  “I didn’t want to go there feeling important, and feeling ‘Oh my God, now I have done 508 films and I have been in movies for 33 years, I have done more than 120 plays. I wanted to go there as a humble student,” he added. The veteran actor, 62, focused his camera at the FTII gate, saying, “This is the amazing gate which gave me an amazing insight into life, and into the life and times of great filmmakers like Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen.”
Actor Anupam Kher was on October 11 announced as the new Chairperson of FTII. He succeeded Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment in 2014 had triggered widespread student protests. As the actor made his way into the institute, he met a group of protesting students who held a banner that read, “12 hours shift is inhuman”. It is one of the nine key issues that were raised by the FTII Students’ Association in an open letter addressed to him a day after his appointment.

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