Being specially attached to his alma mater, Shatrughan Sinha is keenly watching what Anupam Kher will do as the new chairperson of the Film & Television Institute Of India (FTII).
Says Sinha, “Anupam is eminently qualified for the job. He knows cinema. He is a capable actor. But would he be able to devote enough time to the workings of the FTII? Let us not pretend otherwise: Anupam has inherited a very complicated job? The politics on the FTII campus is complex and sensitive.” (Also read: Anupam Kher on being FTII Chairman: Let me first catch my breath, interact with you and then let me do my job)
Sinha has been offered the job of the FTII chairperson on at least two occasions. He concedes the honour, “Yes, indeed I have been offered the job. But I was unable to take up the responsibility because I sincerely believe that looking after the FTII is a full-time job. In fact, on one occasion when I was offered the job, I recommended the late Vinod Khanna’s name.”
For Sinha, the FTII is like home. “It is where I learnt everything that I know about acting. I never lost touch with the FTII. Even after all these years, whenever I am in Pune, I have to visit the Institute. To not visit it would be like going to Patna and not visiting my ancestral home. Fellow alumni like (Kanwarjeet) Paintal, who have gone back to lecture at the Institute came back jolted by the experience. A revamp and a reform are very much in order at the FTII. Anupam has my complete and unconditional support to bring back to the FTII the glory that was once part of its heritage.”
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