Anupam Kher will take over as the new chief of top film training institute FTII in place of actor Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment in 2015 triggered massive student protests.
The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor has a vast repertoire of Hindi films, theatre and crossover projects like Bend It Like Beckham and Silver Linings Playbook to his credit.
He has headed the censor board and the National School of Drama in the past. The national award winner is also an alumnus of the elite drama school.
“He will be a very good chairman. He has the credentials for this. I am very happy…thank you (Narendra) Modi ji, thank you, Smriti Irani, for this,” said Mr Kher’s wife Kirron Kher, an actor and a BJP lawmaker.