Anupam Kher soon took to Twitter to announce his appointment and wishes poured in from his colleagues like Anil Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Paresh Rawal as well as Twitterati who hailed the decision of the Smriti Irani-headed department.
The Congress on Wednesday said that Anupam Kher, who was on Wednesday appointed FTII chairman, was a very good actor but some of his comments had "less to with cinema and more with politics". "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities,".
Congratulatory messages for Anupam Kher, many from the film fraternity, flooded social media. Their names are yet under wraps as the Ministry has not released a notification about the reconstitution of the society.
The appointment of Chauhan as the chairman of one of India's most prestigious institutions - by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry that was then headed by Mr. Arun Jaitley - was greeted by much shock and disbelief by nearly all quarters. The officials refused to comment saying they have not received any official communiqué. He will replace Gajendra Chauhan whose tenure finished in March.
Following the appointment of Chauhan, FTII had witnessed over 130 days of strike where students had raised concerns over not getting scholarships and malfunctions of FTII under Chauhan's leadership. He had argued that FTII needed somebody "well-qualified and with a great body of work" and stated that Chauhan was not qualified either as producer, director or an actor for the job.
Chauhan, however, said FTII needs a good administrator, more than a good actor. "The certification of my work is CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) report". "What is your take now Mr. Kher @AnupamPkher?", Chauhan had tweeted on September 17. "I want to interact with students to understand their requirements, and along with faculties, I would be helping students for their betterment", said Anupam, a vociferous BJP supporter. Chauhan was appointed to the post in June 2015. It is so fantastic that two institutions (FTII and NSD) where I studied as an actor and as a student, I have become the chairman of the same.
"Obviously, there's no doubt that there are differences between us (students and Kher)". So, just as Gajendra's appointment was mired in controversy, the new appointment, too, will be seen as spoils system at work. "Other things don't matter for the government", Kumar told The Indian Express. However, his appointment was severely criticized by the students of FTII. But at the same time the statements that he has made over the last three years also can't be ignored.