Pune: Film and Television Institute of India Chairperson Gajendra Chauhan on Saturday denied having spoken in an insulting manner about the veteran Bollywood actors Anupam Kher and Rishi Kapoor for their criticism over his continuance in the post.
Speaking to a media house over phone Chauhan had reportedly said, “Who are Anupam Kher and Rishi Kapoor?”
He denied all the allegations that he had spoken in such a language about the actors saying that such languages are not a part of his culture.
He said, “”I have never said this. I cannot even think of using such words for those, who are so senior and luminaries of the film industry… with whom I have worked for so many years.”
He also added, ‘Both are very senior to me and big figures in the industry… everyone has the right to freedom of speech.”
On the other hand, controversial BJP leader Subhramanian Swami on Saturday sparked off fresh controversy terming the protesting students as Naxalites. Swamy said, “Govt has right to appoint FTII chairman. Who are the students to oppose, there is no election. Most of them are Naxalites.”