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The veteran actor Anupam Kher has been appointed the new chairman of the Film and tv Institute of India (FTII), placed in Pune. He has replaced former tv actor Gajendra Chauhan, whose stint at the FTII was riddled with controversies.

Kher may be a well-known name within the industry and has done over five hundred films, as well as theatre projects. He has additionally previously controlled the post of chairman of the Central Board of  Film Certification (CBFC) and therefore the National School of Drama.Chauhan's controversial two-year stint, that resulted in March 2017, was marked by a 139-day strike by students, World Health Organization protested against what they felt was a "politically motivated appointment" of a candidate World Health Organization was "ill-qualified" to move the premier institute.This is the second huge move by Smriti Irani, Minister of Information and Broadcasting. Earlier in August, she had appointed Prasoon Joshi because of the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) by sacking Pahlaj Nihalani.

FTII has been headed by legendary film personalities together with Shyam Benegal, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Saeed Mirza, Mahesh Bhatt, Mrinal Sen, Vinod Khanna and Girish Karnad within the past.
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