40 FTII students detained for protesting on Gajendra Chauhan’s 1st day


More than 40 students from Film and Televison Institute of India were on Thursday detained for protesting against the appointment of the new chairman Gajendra Chauhan outside the FTII campus in Pune.

Chauhan will hold his first FTII Society meeting Today.

The students were seen protesting despite the Pune police serving notices to 17 FTII students warning them of action if they create law and order situation when Gajendra Chauhan took charge as the chairman of the institute on Thursday.

Chauhan, best known for essaying the role of ‘Yudhishthir’ in “Mahabharat” and has also featured in small roles in various films like “Andaaz” and “International Khiladi”, was appointed as FTII chairman on June 9, 2015.

His appointment was followed by a series of protests by students and celebrated alumni of the Pune-based premier film institute. Students had even gone on an indefinite strike on June 12 as they questioned his professional credibility to lead the institute due to lack of “stature” and “vision”.

The students withdrew the strike in October after 139 days.

Now Chauhan is joining office after seven months of his appointment.

On Wednesday, FTII Students’ Association president Harishankar Nachimuthu said: “He (Chauhan) is coming… that is confirmed, but we have not got any official intimation. There will be protests obviously, but we have not decided other things. There will be some protest at the campus.”

On his part, Chauhan is not hassled by the protests as he notes “it’s about fulfilling the responsibility”.

“I have been ordered by the government, and I will do my job. Let me go there and see. I can’t comment on what they will do, but I am ready to do my job.”

Wefornews Bureau

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