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.
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. 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.
Although Anupam Kher never went to FTII, he is a graduate of the equally prestigious National School of Drama (NSD); his appointment can be seen as a "homecoming" of sorts. "I think sharing experience adds up to perspectives and that's what I want to do".
"Rohit Kumar, General Secretary, FTII Students" Body said that the students' body will come up with an official response by the evening.
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Kher has been a recipent of National Film Award twice for the category Special Jury Award for his movies Daddy (1989) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005) respectively.
Kher, who has appeared in acclaimed worldwide films such as Silver Lining Playbook and Bend it Like Beckham, was the Director of National School of Drama from 2001-2004.
The actor is all for formal training in the craft.
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On the work front, Anupam Kher is now busy promoting his maiden production "Ranchi Diaries". Chauhan had taken over as the new chairman amidst the ongoing agitation from the students.
"No, no. I am an artiste and nothing is going to change on that front".
"My job is not sitting in the office but working on ideas and I can handle that easily. You see, my grandfather used to say, "A busy man has time for everything".
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