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Veteran actor Anupam Kher takes charge as FTII chairperson!

Newly appointed Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairperson Anupam Kher recently paid an unscheduled visit to the campus here on Monday.

En route to the institute, the veteran actor recorded his journey in a car from Senapati Bapat Marg in Pune to the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), a distance of nearly two kms, and put up a video on Twitter. He also recalled his student days at the premier film institute 39 years ago.

At the institute, Kher conducted a 30-minute lecture on acting and held an informal meeting with students, where people from the FTII administration were not allowed.

He later accompanied students to the FTII mess and had lunch with them. The actor stood in the queue at the meal counter of the mess with other students.

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In a live video on social media, Mr Kher revealed that he was on his way to FTII. He caught the guards, students and faculty by surprise when he walked the streets of the institute where he once studied around 40 years ago.

“I am heading towards an institution where I had studied in 1978, which was very important for my foundation as an actor. And today, I have not informed anybody at this institute that I am coming, because I wanted to go back again as a student,” he said.

“I didn’t want to go there feeling important, and feeling ‘Oh my God, now I have done 508 films and I have been in movies for 33 years, I have done more than 120 plays. I wanted to go there as a humble student,” he added.

The veteran actor, 62, focused his camera at the FTII gate, saying, “This is the amazing gate which gave me an amazing insight into life, and into the life and times of great filmmakers like Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen.”

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher has been appointed the new chairman of Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan as the FTII chairman whose tenure ended in March this year.

Chauhan was appointed as FTII chairman on June 9, 2015. Many FTII students had protested against his appointment, claiming that Chauhan was unfit for the job.

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