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FTII Students' Association Alleges 'Conflict Of Interest' Over Kher's Appointment

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Sparking another controversy over what has become custom after every FTII chairman, the students' association at the Film and Television Institute of India (FSA) has questioned Anupam Kher's appointment as he also runs his own acting school in Mumbai.

On Wednesday, Anupam Kher was appointed as the new FTII chairman replacing Gajendra Chauhan, who is best known for his role as Yudhisthira in the epic TV 'Mahabharata'.

Protesting against the appointment, which is speculated to have been affected by political interests, the students' association at FTII has alleged that there is a "conflict of interest".

Clarifying that there was no issue over Kher’s credentials for the appointment, the FSA also raised objection to his earlier statements over intolerance in the country and his attempts to “advertise certain government ideals”.

FSA president Robin Joy said, "As regards the credentials and experience of Kher, there is no issue. However, since he runs his own acting institute — Actor Prepares — in Mumbai and now that he has been given the task to head a government institute, there is surely a conflict of interest."

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Jay said, "The question is how can a person, who heads a private enterprise, can be asked to head a government institute."

"The future course of action would be decided at the general body meeting of the FSA," Joy said when asked whether they would oppose Kher’s appointment the same way their predecessors had done over Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment in 2015.

Evading all other question, he said that a collective decision will be chalked out for the future course of action at the general body meeting and that they cannot say anything right now.

Rohit Kumar, FSA general secretary said, “Kher has credentials and we are not denying that, but look at the statements he had made in the last two-three years against the JNU, FTII, media and during the intolerance debate.”

The 62-year-old Bollywood actor, who has also been honoured with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, has been promoting the government's ideas and for the past few years which is said to have affected the government's decision of the appointment.