Salman Khan supports striking FTII students

"I think that he (Chauhan) should listen to the students...because the students have made our industry, worthy industry...," Salman told reporters.

Mumbai | Published: July 16, 2015 5:17 pm
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Superstar Salman Khan today joined the league of top Bollywood celebrities in supporting the striking FTII students who are facing rustication for opposing the appointment of TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute.

Salman said the “Mahabharat” star should pay heed to the students and resign from the post. The Bollywood heart-throb’s support came a day after the institute warned the agitating students to end the strike or face “strong administrative action which may include rustication”.

“I think that he (Chauhan) should listen to the students…because the students have made our industry, worthy industry…,” Salman told reporters here.

The students have been agitating for last more than a month following the appointment of Chauhan, alleging that he lacks “vision and stature” to head the prestigious FTII.

The issue has snowballed into a big controversy with several Bollywood celebrities batting for the students and asking the government to reconsider Chauhan’s appointment.

Well-known celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, son Ranbir Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anupam Kher, filmmakers Kundan Shah, Aziz Mirza, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Kiran Rao, Rajkummar Rao, Sudhir Mishra, Sayeed Mirza, Resul Pookutty and Piyush Mishra have voiced their reservation.

Cinematographer Santhosh Sivan, actress Pallavi Joshi and National Award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua resigned as members of the FTII Society in support of the striking students.

Meanwhile, FTII authorities yesterday served an ultimatum to the agitating students asking them to call off their 34-day strike or face the risk of rustication.

Director D J Narian served a notice to the students, asking them to terminate the protest immediately or face “strong” administrative action which may include rustication”.

“All concerned students will themselves be responsible for any administrative action in this regard.

“You are therefore ordered to terminate the strike with immediate effect and resume academic activities without any further delay, failing which the institution will be free to take strict administrative action,” the notice said.

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    Anuradha Kalhan
    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:33 pm
    Salman has spoken at last, and he has spoken well!
    1. Awadhesh Kumar
      Jul 16, 2015 at 8:57 pm
      Why does the media keep dropping names of people who want Gajendra Chouhan to go. These people are not decision makers. They are not running FTII. The govt does; and the govt has found the w bloody system there grossly misused. The so called students flaunting a Leftist leaning to Naxal mentality are simply ping time at Govt expense and don't want to p out. 2008 batch students are still there. They are all free-loaders.Govt is spending taxpayer's money as subsidy to the insute which is mind boggling. It's 12 L per student/per year compared to 3.46 L it spends on the elite IITians and 5 L on IIMs. What do you think the govt should do ? It will have to deal with the situation with an iron hand.
      1. B
        Jul 17, 2015 at 3:07 am
        1. G
          Jul 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm
          A drunkard giving lectures.
          1. G
            Jul 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm
            Great - now Salman Khan is supporting the students. Maybe he can give them a job driving given his past record.
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