Anupam Kher Ready To Discuss Issues On FTII Students’ Open Letter


Mumbai: Anupam Kher, The 62-year-old veteran actor was on Wednesday appointed the chief of the Pune-based FTII, an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The newly-appointed chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), says he was on board to discuss the issues and problems faced by the students, as highlighted in their open letter to him.

The students of FTII on Thursday wrote an open letter to Kher, voicing their opposition to some short-term courses started by the prestigious acting school and drawing his attention to a slew of other issues being faced by them.

“Today’s youth can teach a lot to an actor and a personality like me. We will sit across, we will talk about it and we will take this great institution to greater heights,” Kher said. He was speaking on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival here.

In the letter, the FSA took objection to events like Foundation Day and Open Day started by the institute and stated that over the past one year, the administration had spent “large amounts” of money on such events.

“We, students, believe the amount of money being spent on lights, erecting set pieces in front of the campus can be spent on the infrastructure and in buying and repairing equipment which would only help us in finishing our projects on time,” the students said.

Expressing apprehension on the implementation of the new syllabus, the FSA said there is a confusion among the faculties on the new credit-based semester system (which replaced the earlier annual assessment system).