Veteran actor Anupam Kher said that the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) needs a “much qualified” person at the helm of affairs and also supported the idea of turning the government institute into an autonomous body.
Gajendra Chauhan, “Yudhisthira” from TV epic Mahabharata, took over as the chairman of the Pune-based institute’s governing council last month. His appointment was heavily criticised by current and former students of the institute.
FTII students have boycotted classes and abandoned academic work in protest against the appointment of Mr Chauhan, who they allege lacks “stature and vision” to head the institution.
“I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor,” Said Anupam Kher.