New Delhi, Veteran film actor Anupam Kher on Wednesday stepped down as the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India, citing his preoccupation with international assignments.
In his resignation letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Kher said he will be in the US for nearly nine months between 2018 and 2019 and it would not be possible to meet his commitments as FTII chairman.
‘It has been an honour, a privilege and a great learning experience to be the Chairman of the prestigious FTII. But because of my international assignments I won’t have much time to devote at the Institute. Given this assignment it would not be fair to me, the students and management team, for me to hold a position of such responsibility and accountability, without being actively involved in its operations,’ Kher stated.
The Information and Broadcasting Minister accepted the resignation. ‘Acknowledging Mr Kher’s pre-occupations and requirement of time that the post demands, the Ministry has accepted his resignation.Col Rathore thanked Mr Anupam Kher for steering FTII with such acumen and empathy.
His stature, erudition and goodwill among the film fraternity contributed to the standing of the Institute,’ according to an I&B Ministry statement.
Kher tweeted,’ Thank you staff, teachers and students of FTII for your support and appreciation during my tenure as chairman. As an individual you can always reach out to me. We have constituted a very learned and capable governing body and academic society who will guide you at their best.’
The A-lister currently features as a part of the primary cast of ongoing US TV show ‘New Amsterdam.’
The show, starring Kher, premiered on September 25 this year and includes Ryan Eggold, Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman, Jocko Sims and Tyler Labine in the primary cast.
Kher has also been part of Canadian TV show ‘The Indian Detective,’ which is expected to resume its second season.
In October last year, Kher had replaced Gajendra Chauhan, who had a controversial tenure, as the head of the Pune-based institute.