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Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur named FTII governing council chairman

Shekhar Kapur is known for Indian films like Mr India, Bandit Queen, Masoom, and English films like Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age among others.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Pune | Updated: September 30, 2020 1:55:09 am
shekhar kapur ftii presidentShekhar Kapur’s tenure at FTII will last till March 3, 2023. (Photo: Express Archives)

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has been appointed chairman of the governing council of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

“Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today announced Shekhar Kapur as the new President of FTII Society and Chairman of FTII Governing Council. His tenure will be till March 3, 2023,” said a communique from Pune-based FTII.

Kapur, known for films like Masoom (1983), Mr India (1987), Elizabeth (1998) and Bandit Queen (1994), will replace television producer B P Singh. Singh’s tenure had ended in March 2020 but he was given an extension owing to the coronavirus situation.

Singh was appointed FTII chairman in December 2018 after his predecessor, actor Anupam Kher, abruptly resigned from the post citing international shooting assignments.

The FTII students’ body said that Kapur’s appointment comes at an important moment. “There has been a constant attack on public educational institutions in the country with continuous fees hikes and curbing of student voices of dissent and representation. We hope Shekar Kapur, a noted filmmaker, will carry forward the vision of the institution and take it forward. We strongly urge him to take note of the ongoing fee hike issues and curbing of students’ voices in the Academic Council,” said Aadith V Sathvin, who heads the FTII students’ body.

FTII Society has 24 members comprising 12 ex-officio members and 12 persons from the field of art and culture.

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