FTII director draws hard line to students: End strike or face rustication

“Yes the notice has been issued. I am hoping they take it seriously and end the strike immediately. I am hoping they will withdraw the strike in a day or so,” said DJ Narain, director of the institute.

Written by Garima Mishra | Pune | Updated: July 16, 2015 4:24 am
FTII Row, Film and Television Institute of India, FTII, Arun Jaitley, Bollywood, FTII students’ association, FTII privatisation, india news, news FTII students have been on strike over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan since last month.

As the protest at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of its governing council entered second month, the director of the prestigious institute on Wednesday issued notice to the president of the student’s association to end their agitation or face strong administrative action.

FTII Director J Narain in a letter to Nachimuthu, president of student’s association, said that strong administrative actions,including rustication will be taken if the students continue to defy the directives. The strongly worded letter asked the students to immediately terminate the strike or they will themselves be responsible for the action tacken by the administration in this regard.

“Yes the notice has been issued. I am hoping they take it seriously and end the strike immediately. I am hoping they will withdraw the strike in a day or so,” said DJ Narain, director of the institute.

He further added that until now, the students have been warned about the untoward repercussions – rustication – in many informal ways, however, it is the first time after the strike that a formal warning has been given. “It’s been more than a month for the strike. The students must understand that the strike is not leading them anywhere and realise that a disciplinary action such as rustication is a serious matter. This formal warning was necessary because tomorrow they should not say that it wasn’t communicated to them,” said Narain, further clarifying that he took the action as a director of the institute and not under the pressure of the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry.

The students have been on the strike from June 12 in protest of the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the FTII governing council. They are also opposing the appointment of a few members of FTII Society, namely – Narendra Pathak, Anagha Ghaisas, Shailesh Gupta and Rahul Solapurkar.

On July 3, a ten-member team, that included FTII students and alumni, had a meeting with the I&B Ministry members as well as Arun Jaitley regarding the matter. However, since the main concern of the students – removal of Chauhan and four FTII society members – wasn’t addressed upto their expectations at the meeting, they chose to continue the strike, which enters 35th day today.

“There is a breakdown of communication between students and the government. I am in favour of resumption of dialogue between the government and the students who are on the strike. There should not be any extreme action that will completely undermine the future of students,” said one of the FTII faculties (name withheld on request).

Chauhan, known for portraying the character of Yudhisthir in TV series Mahabharat in early 90s, however, remains unfazed, maintaining that he has been appointed on the merit of his 34 years experience in the showbiz career.

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    Anurag Srivastava
    Jul 15, 2015 at 6:11 pm
    The FTII is being run through the hard earned money of tax payers. None of the alumuni of the FTII, who have succeded in Bollywood has done anything for the insution. The moot point is that why the Government at this point of time should continue to run such type of an Insute in the background wherein we have Actors like Sharukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar etc. have not trained from that insute and we have insutions like Roshan Tarneja School and Satyajit Ray Insute.
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      Jeet Bhargava
      Jul 15, 2015 at 5:14 pm
      ~ये कडवी हकीकत है… आज बॉलीवुड में अगर आप राष्ट्रवाद की बात करेंगे तो अकेले पड जायेंगे. सेकुलर /लिबरल कलाकारो के नाम पे दाउद के गुर्गो और वाम मार्गियो से भरे पडे बॉलीवुड में आपको काम मिलना तो दूर, जीना हराम हो जायेगा. ~ड्रग्स, शराबखोरी, होमोसेक्सुआलिटी, और माओवाद का अड्डा बन गये #FTII को संस्कार भारती से जुडा खांटी और अनुशासित कलाकार ही दुरुस्त कर सकता है. ~#FTII में वामपंथी मुफ्तखोरो को पालने के लिए सरकार हर साल करोडो रुपये खर्च करती है. क्यो ना कैम्पस खाली कराकर उसे बॉलीवुड के हवाले छोड दिया जाये. वही खर्च उठाए. ~आज गजेंद्र चौहान को इस्तीफा देने का उपदेश देनेवाला ‘बॉलीवुड पप्पू’ रणबीर कपूर 4 साल पहले राहुल गांधी को एक बेहतरीन नेता बता रहा था. अब रणबीर की अक्ल का अंदाज़ा आप खुद ही लगा लीजिए. ~दो दर्जन एक्टरो के बावजूद जो कपूर खानदान आज दिन तक एक भी अवार्ड विनिंग एक्टर या सुपरस्टार नहीं दे पाया वो (ऋषि ) अब गजेंद्र चौहान को एक्टिंग का सर्टिफिकेट दे रहा है !! ~आज वाम मार्गी ताकतो के हाथो में खेलनेवाले अनुपम खेर भूल गये कि यूपीए-I सरकार आने के बाद सेंसर बोर्ड की चेयरमेनशिप के दौरान इन्ही वामपंथियो ने उन्हे किस हद तक लज्जित किया था. #I_Support_GajendraChauhan #FilmySecularism
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        Jeet Bhargava
        Jul 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm
        फिल्म संस्थान के छात्रों पर मेल छात्रों से दुगुना व आई आई टी छात्रों से तिगुना खर्च ..... क्यूं? .... बन्द करो ये फिजूल खर्च!
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          Bijan Mohanty
          Jul 16, 2015 at 10:53 am
          What else one can expect from an insensitive Central Govt. headed by Narendra Modiji ? His true colors as anti-youth icon is coming out.
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            Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
            Jul 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm
            Close down the hostel. Close the gates and put armed police at the gate. Declare 144 in the precinct of FTII. Don't waste taxpayers money on these worthless lot.
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              Damaru Prasad
              Jul 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm
              throw them out, fast Mr Chouhan.
              1. L
                Jul 16, 2015 at 3:49 am
                Students at FTII are exceeding their limits. Rustication of students should be done immediately.
                1. B
                  Jul 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm
                  Who are these students and their affiliations? Most probably they are the leftists and sikulars who love demonstrations and money food without work.
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