BJP leader and actor Gajendra Chauhan — best known for his portrayal of ‘Yudhishtir’ in the television series Mahabharat — was Tuesday named the president of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) which has been reconstituted for a three-year period.
Actress Vidya Balan, filmmakers Raju Hirani, Jahnu Barua and cinematographer Santosh Sivan were among the prominent persons nominated as new members of the new FTII.
When asked about his priorities, Chauhan said: “The FTII had a very bright past. I would like to find out the problems and lacunae plaguing the institute. I want to pace things up.”
Chauhan has served as a joint convener for culture in the BJP and has been a special invitee on the party’s national executive for two terms. When asked about how he rates the performance of the NDA Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, “I give the PM 10 marks out of 10. This government has just completed one year. A year from now, a lot of good things will become visible. The greatest achievement of this government has been that not a single scam has been reported in its term.”
Others named in the society include actress Pallavi Joshi, Assamese actor Pranjal Saikia, dramatist Urmil Thapliyal, Narendra Pathak, documentary filmmaker Anagha Ghaisas and actor Rahul Solapurkar. Eleven government officials have been named as ex-officio members.