Gajendra Chauhan’s take charge today, On students plan ‘peace protest’


Students face protest at the campus in Pune again as Seven months after his controversial appointment, TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan is expected to take charge as FTII chairman today.

On June,2015, he was appointed the chairman of the top film institute. However, his appointment was followed by a series of protests by students and celebrated alumni of the institute. Protesters questioned his “professional credibility” to lead the institute due to lack of “stature” and “vision”. They finally withdrew the strike in October, after 139 days.

“I have been ordered by the government and I will do my job. Let me go there and see. I can’t comment on what they will do, but I am ready to do my job,” Mr Chauhan said yesterday.

The 59-year-old, who will be joining office seven months after his appointment, will chair his first FTII Society meeting today. “We will be finalising the governing council and then other agenda will be discussed,” Mr Chauhan told IANS.

“He (Gajendra Chauhan) is coming… that is confirmed, but we have not got any official intimation. There will be protests obviously, but we have not decided other things. There will be some protest at the campus tomorrow (Thursday),” Harishankar Nachimuthu, President of FTII Students’ Association, told IANS.

Best known for essaying the role of ‘Yudhishthir’ in BR Chopra’s “Mahabharat”, Mr Chauhan has also appeared in small roles in films like “Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge” and “Baghban”.