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The actor, who has worked in over 500 movies including global projects, will succeed the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment had triggered student protests.

Today, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher has been appointed as the new chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India, Information and Broadcasting ministry, confirmed officials.

It was surprising to see that despite the protests, the BJP government didn't sack Chauhan till March 2017.

As Anupam Kher takes over as the new chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from Gajendra Chauhan, one is reminded of a television debate a few years ago where the former gave the latter some sage advice. "But certainly FTII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendraji's qualifications are coming across".

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On the work front, Anupam Kher is now busy promoting his maiden production "Ranchi Diaries".

Kher has previously held the post of the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the National School of Drama (NSD).

What truly separates Kher from many of his contemporaries is the ease with which he blended into the "actor-star" persona. "What else do I need?" he said. Chauhan was appointed to the post in June 2015. He is quite experienced and runs his own (acting) institute (Actor Prepares) in Mumbai. However, we are sure that he would do a commendable job and with his experience, commitment, dedication, and charisma the students of FTII will definitely be rewarded. So, just as Gajendra's appointment was mired in controversy, the new appointment, too, will be seen as spoils system at work. Also, despite several unpopular decisions being taken by the administration in last two years, students have not come out with any strong response.

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