Anupam Kher: I'm a very hopeful person!

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"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities,".

The Centre has delivered a good news to those who have been against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of Pune's Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in 2015.

Anupam, who began his acting career with "Saaransh" in 1984, also has his own acting institute Actor Prepares. Previously, Kher has headed the Censor Board and the National School of Drama. The CAG report, which was submitted in Parliament has a line, 'The best work at FTII was done under the chairmanship of Gajendra Chauhan.' That's like a certification of my work. 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.

Following several controversies, the post remained vacant for at least seven months, after Chauhan demitted office in March this year.

Chauhan, however, said FTII needs a good administrator, more than a good actor.

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They felt that Chauhan lacked the vision to head a prestigious institution like FTII. His appointment in June, 2015 had led to a massive protest by FTII students demanding his removal, which continued for over 100 days. "I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor".

In an interview to India TV, he had said, "I am a sycophant of Narendra Modi".

Kher has also been part of acclaimed global films such as the 2002 Golden Globe-nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, and the 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook. Some of his Hindi films include "Karma", "Daddy", "Lamhe", "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara", "A Wednesday" and "Baby".

He has also been a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution to Indian Cinema and arts respectively.