Anupam Kher's FTII visit witnesses 'lunch, selfie and discussion with students'


Anupam Kher, who was appointed Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on October 11, paid a surprise visit to the institute campus in Pune on Monday morning.

Sharing the pictures of his FTII visit on Twitter, Anupam Kher said that he would move forward while taking the students in confidence.

He said he wanted to be a link between the students and the administration. The actor stood in the queue at the meal counter of the mess with other students.

"Forty years ago, I came to this place as a student. This is the place where I learned how to face a camera and at NSD (National School of Drama) I learned how to act", he told reporters on the campus.

Mr Kher, upon reaching the institute by taxi, directly walked over to the 'wisdom tree, ' under which a group of students was beating drums in agitation against the administration. I had a fruitful discussion with the students - it was a good conversation. We spoke on a number of topics. While Kher said the interaction was fruitful, students were not amused and claimed they will continue the boycott till a concrete solution is arrived at.

The 62-year-old also talked about his first acting class that he did with the students of FTII.

On Monday, Anupam Kher was quoted as saying that he is on the side of the students.

When Mr Kher was asked about issues over conflict of interest, as he also runs a private acting institute, he said, "I have been running the institute for the last 14 years with a commitment. Hope we work out whatever we have spoken on", he said. It led to a 139-day strike and forced Chauhan to delay his taking over.

Kher also interacted with the students of 2016 batch who were protesting over some issues. Students leave their families and come here to learn something. "We had a meeting and the actor appeared to be positive about all the issues. He assured us that he will take up and figure out the issue of the shooting norms", Kumar said.

The meetings went off so well that he even had lunch with students in the canteen - all of it in a very informal manner that was great to see.