Veteran and versatile actor Anupam Kher has taken over the office of chairman of FTII from controversy-ridden actor Gajendra Chauhan in Pune on Wednesday. He takes over from Gajendra Chauhan who stepped down from the post in March this year. The appointment is a homecoming of sorts for Anupam Kher who himself is an alumnus of National School of Drama (NSD). Gajendra Chauhan’s tenure under the Arun Jaitley headed Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was mired with controversy, upheavals, and chaos with students taking on the administration with protests. However, Anupam Kher’s appointment is being applauded by one and all for the actor is a renowned one who has acted over 500 films in a career spanning three decades. Anupam Kher soon took to Twitter to announce his appointment and wishes poured in from his colleagues like Anil Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Paresh Rawal as well as Twitterati who hailed the decision of the Smriti Irani-headed department.

Anupam Kher is that rare actor who has dabbled in both art films and commercial cinema and even made a name for himself in Hollywood with pictures like Bend It Like Beckham, Silver Linings Playbook, and others. He has been one of the busiest actors in the film industry and even made a record of winning the Filmfare Award eight years in a row in different categories. He is one of those rare character-actors who are also a star. Following his tweet, many celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Vivek Agnihotri and other Twitterati wished the actor for his prestigious appointment. Smriti Irani’s Throwback Picture Is Giving People On The Internet Nostalgic Feels

Anupam Kher announced his appointment

Anil Kapoor led the pack in congratulating Anupam Kher

Paresh Rawal hailed the appointment

Kirron Kher was extremely proud

Barkha Dutt also wished the actor

Vivek Agnihotri had very commendable words for Anupam Kher

Prasoon Joshi gave a thumbs up

Anupam Kher is definitely taking on a very important post, one that would be scrutinized and judged by everyone following the debacles and controversy of the last couple of years. However, we are sure that he would do a commendable job and with his experience, commitment, dedication, and charisma the students of FTII will definitely be rewarded. Congratulations, Anupam Kher.