NEWLY-APPOINTED Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Anupam Kher, ended his two-day surprise visit to the campus on Tuesday afternoon. While Kher attended several meetings with the students during the visit, the standoff over the ‘dialogue exercise’ norms continues. Students said, “The chairman’s assurances that the issue will soon be resolved did not result in any concrete action from the administration.”
Rohit Kumar, general secretary of the FTII students’ body, said, “He (Kher) met us yesterday and today. He had assured us that the matter will be resolved soon. He said that he will speak to the director about resolving the stand off too. However, we are yet to get any communication from the administration. Until that happens, our boycott of the academic exercises will continue, so will the protest.” Speaking to the media, Kher said, “Everything is moving in the right direction and there’s positivity.” Remembering
Tom Alter AN EVENT was held in the memory of late actor and former honorary head of its Acting Department Tom Alter on the FTII campus on Tuesday. Alter passed away on September 29.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Anupam Kher said Alter was a great actor and and a fine gentlemen. “I have worked with him (Alter) in some films. As a memory, I will institute a new award in Tom Alter’s name for students of acting,” said Kher.
Jamie Alter, son of the late actor who is a journalist, said Alter considered FTII his second home. During the event, Jamie read out a letter written by his mother, Carol Evans. “Tom had spent some of the best years of his life at FTII, honing his acting skills under the tutelage of professor Roshan Taneja and his friends and colleagues… Tom had imbibed the idea of India within him and he was fierce in defending it wherever the need arose,” the letter read. Actor Benjamin Gilani, Dean (films) Amit Tyagi, final-year acting student Prachi Arya, Sound Department Professor Milind Bapat, Production Manager K A Shaikh also spoke on the occasion.