Anupam Kher is new chairman of Film and Television Institute of India

Hours after he was appointed the chairman of Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India, veteran actor Anupam Kher said that he was humbled and it is a great achievement for him to head the institute where he was a student

Bollywood actor and noted theatre personality Anupam Kher appointed as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chief. Mr Kher wrote on Twitter that he felt "deeply humbled and honoured" to head the iconic institute. "I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.", Kher tweeted.

The 62-year-old Kher was conferred the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 by the government of India.

While Mr Kher has established acting credentials, the fact that he runs his own film school, Actor Prepares, has raised the question of conflict of interest. Their names are yet under wraps as the Ministry has not released a notification about the reconstitution of the society. The officials refused to comment saying they have not received any official communiqué. Kher will replace Gajendra Chauhan has the new FTII chairman, reported CNN-News 18. 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. "But certainly, TII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendra ji's qualifications are coming across", Kher had said according to a PTI report.

"The students at FTII don't see any difference between Chauhan and Kher, who is known to be to be a vocal supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi".

Besides being one of the busiest actors of the era - Kher has appeared in over 500 films - he was also extremely malleable. Kher, himself had criticised this decision. "The actor will take a back seat and the teacher will come to the forefront", Anupam Kher said after the announcement.

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