Newly appointed FTII chairman Anupam Kher paid a surprise visit to the campus on Monday afternoon conducting a 30-minute acting class and also had an informal meeting with the students during the lunch time.
Anupam Kher recorded video of his short journey from Senapati Bapat Marg to FTII in Pune ahd shared the video on Twitter.
He said, “Forty years ago, I came to this place as a student. Today, I once again came to the institute without informing anybody as I wanted to walk into this premier institute as a student. This is the place where I learnt how to face a camera and at NSD I learned how to act’’.
Talking about his informal meet with the FTII students he said that we had a good and positive conversation and spoke on a number of topics.
After Kher was appointed as the FTII chairman, students had written an open letter highlighting carious issues being faced by them.
Kher said he wanted to be a link between the students and the authorities. He also said that he had come to listen to the students and wanted to start on a positive note.
Anupam Kher also runs his own acting academy receiving opposition from some students citing ‘conflicts of interests’. He responds to this and said, "I have been running the institute (Actor Prepares) for the last 14 years with a lot commitment and hard work and that experience of mine will be of great help here’’.
Before Anupam Kher, Gajendra Chauhan holds the post of chairman of FTII but had a controversial tenure as he received a 139-day long protests over his credentials.