"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities,".
Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan, who had a controversial tenure as head of the Pune-based institute.
The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor has over 500 films and plays to his credit, including worldwide projects like Bend It Life Beckham and the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook. He is one of those rare character-actors who are also a star.
Kher, who has earlier headed the Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board) and the exalted National School of Drama (NSD), is a versatile actor of worldwide repute, having acted in the Oscar-winning blockbuster, Silver Linings Playbook while picking up various awards - including a national award - for his roles in various films back home in India.
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Although Kher has strong connections with BJP, he was a vocal critic of government's appointment of his predecessor Gajendra Chauhan.
However, students on the campus did not sound excited over his appointment.
Chauhan, however, said FTII needs a good administrator, more than a good actor.
Chauhans appointment in 2015 had sparked an outrage among the students of the premier film institute.
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Kher, who appeared in several acclaimed global films, also appeared in more than 100 plays. "I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor".
Well, FTII is the well-known and prestigious institution for aspiring students who want to make their career into art and theatre activity.
"Rohit Kumar, General Secretary, FTII Students" Body said that the students' body will come up with an official response by the evening.
Some of Kher's prominent films include Saaransh, Daddy, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Khosla Ka Ghosla and A Wednesday. He was conferred with Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016.
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In the past few days, Anupam has been busy promoting his production "Ranchi Diaries", and he has also has film projects lined up. Silently enough Kher has also created an worldwide career of some repute and his filmography includes films with a Gurinder Chadda (Bend it Like Beckham ), an Ang Lee (Lust, Caution ) and a David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook ) besides producing Rituparno Ghosh's Bariwali (2000) and Jhanu Barua's Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005).
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