New Delhi: The newly-appointed chairman of Film and Television Institute of India, Anupam Kher, says he was on board to discuss the issues and problems faced by the students, as highlighted in their open letter to him.The 62-year-old veteran actor was on Wednesday appointed the chief of the Pune-based FTII, an autonomous body under the Union ministry of information and broadcasting. The students of FTII on Thursday wrote an open letter to Kher, voicing their opposition to some short-term courses started by the prestigious acting school and drawing his attention to a slew of other issues being faced by them.
The FTII was founded with an aim to impart learning on different aspects of filmmaking, but it is now slowly being turned into a school that runs short-term crash courses for generation of funds, the letter stated. Whatever I have to discuss, I would love to discuss it with the students over there. I am like their senior. I was a student there in 1978 and now, 38 years later I will go there as a chairman, Kher saif. So, I think it is a great time to celebrate but I am not going there with any baggage or any preconceived idea that I have to tell them this or that, he said. Todays youth can teach a lot to an actor and a personality like me. We will sit across, we will talk about it and we will take this great institution to greater heights, Kher further said. The letter, signed by FTII Students Association president Robin Joy and general secretary Rohit Kumar, read, We sincerely believe the short-term courses being run (by FTII) cant impart knowledge on filmmaking in such a short duration.