MUMBAI: The newly-appointed chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Anupam Kher, says he was on board to discuss the issues and problems faced by the students, as highlighted in their open letter to him.
The students of FTII yesterday wrote an open letter to Kher, voicing their opposition to some short-term courses started by the prestigious acting school and drawing his attention to a slew of other issues being faced by them.
The FTII was founded with an aim to impart learning on different aspects of filmmaking, but it is now slowly being turned into a school that runs short-term crash courses for "generation of funds", the letter stated.
"Whatever I have to discuss, I would love to discuss it with the students over there. I am like their senior. I was a student there in 1978 and now, 38 years later I will go there as a chairman," Kher told reporters here last night.
"So, I think it is a great time to celebrate but I am not going there with any baggage or any preconceived idea that I have to tell them this or that," he said.
"Today's youth can teach a lot to an actor and a personality like me. We will sit across, we will talk about it and we will take this great institution to greater heights," Kher further said.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival here.
The letter, signed by FTII Students Ass...