After actor Anupam Kher resigned from the post of chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), the organisation has now appointed producer-director Brijendra Pal Singh in his place. Brijendra, who is well known as the creator of Indian police procedural television series CID, was holding the post of vice-chairman of the FTII governing council.
Brijendra was appointed as the new president and chairman of FTII by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Thursday. The film body shared a post on Twitter to announce the appointment.
“The tenure of Singh, who succeeds Anupam Kher, will be for the remaining period of block of three years starting from March 3, 2017 as per the provisions of FTII rules,” FTII said in a statement.
Anupam had in October announced that he was stepping down as chairman of FTII, saying that his international commitments are keeping him for fulfilling his duty. He had replaced Gajendra Chauhan as head of the Pune-based institute in October last year.
Anupam, who is currently starring in American medical drama television series, New Amsterdam, based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer, had at the start informed then I&B Minister Smriti Irani that he was due to be stationed in the US for nearly six months. He revealed that since the show got a further extension of four months, he would be gone for a longer period of time.