Although Anupam Kher never went to FTII, he is a graduate of the equally prestigious National School of Drama (NSD); his appointment can be seen as a "homecoming" of sorts. Anupam Kher replaced Gajendra Chauhan who had a tumultuous stint at the top post.
Gajendra's leadership marked a 139-day strike by students, who protested against his appointment as the head of the premier institute. He also has his own acting institute Actor Prepares.
Also, he is not only limited to Bollywood, the actor also frequently performs in theatres and plays.
Meanwhile, HTspoke to former FTII chairman, Gajendra Chauhan and he feels that Anupam Kher is the ideal choice for the said position.
Not only students at FTII, Gajendra Chauhan's appointment was criticised by the political parties too.
The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor also enjoys great proximity to the ruling dispensation with his wife Kirron Kher being a BJP MP from Chandigarh. I was also appointed from different options.
"I would like to thank the government and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry", she said.
Mr Chauhan completed his tenure in March. It does certainly need a person who has a great body of work, which means he is supposed to know world cinema as well as the present state of cinema, like editing.
"Obviously, there's no doubt that there are differences between us (students and Kher). Other things don't matter for the government", Kumar told The Indian Express. He was appointed in June 2015. The students, later, called off the strike as it affected their academics, but the President of the FTII student association had earlier told mid-day, "We have been struggling with this issue for nearly five months".