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12 October 2017, 12:55 | Ruben Stone
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While the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) is yet to release a notification regarding re-constitution of the FTII Society, Kher confirmed his appointment by tweeting, "I feel deeply humbled & honoured to be apportioned (sic) as the Chairman of iconic FTII".
The appointment of Chauhan had created outrage at the campus, which is located in Pune, and his tenure ended with a massive 139 days of protest by the students. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities,". "He is the only person who earlier headed CBFC, then National School of Drama and now has been appointed Chairman of FTII".
The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor has over 500 films and plays to his credit, including global projects like Bend It Life Beckham and the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook. First up was from his wife Kirron Kher: "Congratulations my dear Anupam Kher for becoming FTII Chairman! I think sharing experience adds up to perspectives and that's what I want to do".
In an interview to India TV, he had said, "I am a sycophant of Narendra Modi". Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit extended his good wishes to the 62-year-old and said, "Kher sahab has a great body of work in the Indian as well as the worldwide cinema". Silently enough Kher has also created an global career of some repute and his filmography includes films with a Gurinder Chadda (Bend it Like Beckham ), an Ang Lee (Lust, Caution ) and a David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook ) besides producing Rituparno Ghosh's Bariwali (2000) and Jhanu Barua's Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005). Some of his Hindi films include "Karma", "Daddy", "Lamhe", "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara", "A Wednesday" and "Baby".
He also authored a book "The Best Thing About You Is You".
Besides, the veteran actor is also a known figure in the showbiz industry. He is an alumnus of the National School of Drama (1978 batch).
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