Kher has succeeded former chairman Gajendra Chauhan who had a controversial tenure of 15-months as FTII chairman. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.", Kher tweeted. Anupam Kher replaced Gajendra Chauhan who had a tumultuous stint at the top post.
Similar to FTII, another organisation concerning the entertainment industry - the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) - was in news because of the person heading it.
Well, FTII is the well-known and prestigious institution for aspiring students who want to make their career into art and theatre activity.
The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor also enjoys great proximity to the ruling dispensation with his wife Kirron Kher being a BJP MP from Chandigarh. In fact, Kher openly chided Chauhan; he claimed Chauhan had no idea of cinema in a broader or global perspective and even told him to keep quiet when it came to justifying his appointment.
A large number of FTII students went on an indefinite strike since June 12 protesting against the surprise appointment of Chauhan by Information & Broadcast Ministry'. When someone like him becomes the chairman of FTII after the controversy of Gajendra Chauhan, there's an air of jubilation all around. At a time when Indian cinema is truly coming of age in more ways than one, someone like an Anupam Kher is perhaps a great choice to head the cradle of creativity that nurtured some of the best cinematic talents India has to offer: FTII.
On his appointment, he said that it was a sense of achievement and responsibility. However, Kumar stated that he does not see any difference between the appointment of Kher and that of Chauhan as the primary qualification seems to be their proximity to BJP or RSS.
"He is quite experienced and runs his own (acting) institute (Actor Prepares) in Mumbai". During the politically charged agitation by the students, several political leaders had also visited FTII campus in Pune.