Prashant Pathrabe replaces DJ Narain as FTII Director


Pune:The Government of India decided to replace the director of the Film and Television Institute of India, DJ Narain, with Prashant Pathrabe, former head of the National Film Archives of India, instead of Gajendra Chauhan keeping in mind protests from students and open support to them from stars such as Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.

It has been reported that Narain, whose term ends later this month, was popular with the students despite reprimands from the government.

Earlier on Thursday, Khan, his father Salim Khan and filmmaker Kabir Khan had said Mahabharata actor Gajendra Chauhan should listen to the FTII students protesting his appointment as chairman and step down.

The protest against Chauhan’s appointment as the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman has been going on for over a month now. Many Bollywood celebrities have expressed their opinion on the issue, with some siding with the students.

“I think he (Chauhan) should listen to the students. Because the students have made our industry what our industry is today. Most of them. And most of them were rusticated,” Khan told the media at the launch of a special book on his new movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan, indicating that a recent circular on protesters to be rusticated will not make any difference.