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Veteran actor Anupam Kher resigns as Chairman of FTII

Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher
Well-known actor Anupam Kher has resigned as the Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, citing lack of time to carry out his responsibilities in view of his international assignments.
 
Kher, 63, is currently busy working in the United States on the American television show "New Amsterdam".
 
He had been appointed to the prestigious position in October last year, succeeding Mr. Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment had led to protests from many FTII students, who felt he did not have the professional credentials to lead and guide them.
 
"I write to you with the intention to, with due notice, resign from the post of the Chairman at FTII, Pune. This decision has not come without considerable thought of the responsibilities expected of me vis-a-vis the time I have at my disposal to execute them," Kher said in a letter dated October 30 written to Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
 
He recalled that, when he was approached last year by then I&B Minister Smriti Irani, he had mentioned the fact that he was due to be stationed in the US for nearly nine months between 2018 and 2019 and for a similar period for a minimum of three years more.
 
"Given this assignment it would not be fair to me, the students and management team, for me to hold a position of such responsibility and accountability, without being actively involved in the operations.
 
"Hence I request you to please accept my resignation and in the notice period scout for someone suitable to take a handover from me.
 
"Needless to say, I will be always available, if needed, for any guidance or responsibility given to me as an individual," he added.
 
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FTII is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and is regarded as a centre of excellence across the world. Films made by FTII’s students have enjoyed excellent receptions in festivals in India and abroad and have won national and international awards. 
 
Kher has appeared in more than 500 films and has won many national and international awards during his distinguished career.
 
Earlier he had served as the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and was the Director of the National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi from 2001 to 2004. He is also an alumnus of NSD (1978 batch).
 
He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution to the field of cinema and arts.
 
Apart from films, Kher has acted in scores of plays. While he has worked mainly in Hindi films, he has appeared in films made in other languages such as Malayalam and Malayalam and also in international films such as the 2002 Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's 2007 Golden Lion-winning Lust, Caution, and David O. Russell's 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook. He has also hosted several television shows
 
His wife, actress Kirron Kher, is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the Lok Sabha from Chandigarh.
 
Kher made his film debut in the Hindi movie Aagman. In 1984 came Saaransh, where the 28-year-old Kher played a retired middle-aged Maharashtrian man who has lost his son, a performance for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
 
He won the Special Jury Award twice in the National Film Awards -- for Daddy in 1989 and for Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara in 2005. He has won the Filmfare Award for Best Comedian five times. 
 
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