Actor Anupam Kher has resigned as the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He has cited commitments to an international TV show for which he has to be in the United States for the next three years.
In his resignation letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, he said that due to his commitment to the show he will be stationed in the U.S. for “nearly nine months between 2018 and 2019 and then for a similar period for a minimum of three years more”.
“Given this assignment it would not be fair to me, the students and management team, for me to hold a position of such responsibility and accountability, without being actively involved in the operations,” he said in his resignation letter.
Kher wrote, “It has been an honour, a privilege & a great learning experience to be the Chairman of the prestigious FTII. But because of my international assignments I won’t have much time to devote at the institute. Hence decided to send my resignation. Thank you.”
It has been an honour, a privilege & a great learning experience to be the Chairman of the prestigious @FTIIOfficial. But because of my international assignments I won’t have much time to devote at the institute. Hence decided to send my resignation. Thank you. 🙏 @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/lglcREeYM2
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) October 31, 2018
Anupam Kher had succeeded Gajendra Chauhan in October last year. Chauhan had a very controversial tenure. The students had gone on a 139 day long strike while his tenure.
Many notable celebrities have studied at the FTII. Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Resul Pookutty and Rajkummar Rao to name a few.