Anupam Kher left everyone shocked when he announced that he is stepping down as the Chairman of Pune's Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Wednesday. Citing a busy schedule as his reason for the decision, the veteran actor issued an official statement on Twitter.
He posted, "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."
Now, while speaking to Mid-Day, Anupam Kher has opened up about this step. The actor told the tabloid, "I had put together the governing council by roping in Rajkumar Hirani, Arvind Swami and Satish Kaushik, among others. I hadn't told any of them about my resignation. [It's only after I tweeted that] they started calling me to say that they joined because of me. I told them to continue their work for the FTII."
He further revealed that the governing council is shocked by his decision and he was the one who formed it.
Kher added, "It's a great institution, but it needs somebody who can give it a little more time. I was doing that, but now I need to find new horizons. I am thrilled that the series is doing well. This is my way to represent India."
The actor was appointed as the Chairman of FTII in October 2017 after his predecessor, Gajendra Chauhan, faced massive protests during his tenure.
After Anupam Kher submitted his resignation, Bhupendra Kainthola, director, FTII, praised him for his initiatives and told Mid-Day, "Anupam Kher visited the campus several times and had an empathetic ear for the issues of the institute. On October 30, he presided over the first-ever meetings of FTII's Standing Finance Committee, Society and Governing Council. He also approved the new Academic Council. With this the functional architecture of FTII, the country's film education centre, is now in place. (sic)"
However, Kher's resignation received drew polarizing reactions from few corners. Mid-day quoted one of the students as saying, "He visited the campus only twice. In the past, we had sent him number of letters, [asking him to address] our various issues; he promised to look into the matter but never bothered to reply. We want a dedicated chairman who will focus on student orientation."