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    ...The announcement last week that the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) would have a new chairman and that this man would be the noted film personality Anupam Kher, amply showed that the Information & Broadcasting ministry has learnt a few lessons from the Gajendra Chauhan fiasco of 2015. Now the FTII has all the credentials and more that people have talked about over the years : India’s premier film institute, a fine global institution, ahead of the curve in the visual arts, out-of-the-box thinkers and filmwallahs, etc etc etc. Couldn’t the Narendra Modi government have found anyone else than a little-known film artiste like Gajendra Chauhan, everyone asked. Both shock and awe which followed in various measures – shock that a second-rater like Chauhan would head FTII and awe that the Modi government had actually thought they might get away with this incredibly lower life appointment – soon gave way to outrage. How Could They? Well, they certainly had. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 16, 2017, 7:28 a.m.