Newly-appointed chair Anupam Kher visits Film Institute campus unannounced

Lawrence Kim
October 17, 2017

BATTLEFIELDKher's unannounced visit to the campus on Monday saw him speak to students regarding their issues, but the latter were far from impressed With the ongoing tussle between students and officials seeing no end, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) made a decision to send in a new face onto the battlefield. "I believe that problems facing students in their learning in any institute ought to be addressed", said Mr. Kher.

As the actor made his way into the institute and met the guards, some students and a faculty member, Anupam also heard a "welcome band".

Mr Kher said, "I held an informal meeting with students where healthy discussion took place".

Anupam was on October 11 announced as the new Chairperson of FTII. And today, I have not informed anybody at this institute that I am coming, because I wanted to go back again as a student.

It is one of the nine key issues that were raised by the FTII Students' Association in an open letter addressed to Anupam a day after his appointment. I don't want to bring any baggage of Anupam Kher.

Asked about his first "encounter" with the agitating students, Mr Kher said, "This is the best possible reception I could have got, where students were beating drums on my arrival".

"Wahi hoga (That will happen)", Anupam stressed, urging students to first share their issues, after which he would share his vision with them.

The veteran actor, who was a student at the FTII 40 years back in 1978, in a video uploaded on the micro-blogging site Twitter, revealed the reason of not informing anyone at the institute about his visit. "I want to be the person who wants to, sort of, take their point of view to the authorities", he said. "This is the place where I learned how to face a camera and at NSD (National School of Drama) I learned how to act", he told reporters on the campus. "He spoke to us and then proceeded to meet the acting students. Hope we work out whatever we have spoken on", he said.

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