Veteran actor Anupam Kher resigned as chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Tuesday, saying his international assignments would keep him away from being “actively involved” in the affairs of the institute.
In his resignation letter, addressed to Information and Broadcasting minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Kher said he will have to be in the United States for nine months every year between 2018 and 2022, for a show he is working on.
Here’s his tweet on the same.
It has been an honour, a privilege & a great learning experience to be the Chairman of the prestigious @FTIIOfficial. But because of my international assignments I won’t have much time to devote at the institute. Hence decided to send my resignation. Thank you. @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/lglcREeYM2
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) October 31, 2018
Kher said when the then I&B minister, Smriti Irani, approached him about taking over as FTII chairman in September 2017, he had told her of this possibility. Kher replaced Gajendra Chauhan as the chairperson in October 2017.
Kher served as chairman of the FTII for 11 months, but until September this year, he did not have a team that could help him constitute two key decision-making bodies. The government immediately nominates a 12-member society to work under the chairman and constitute the governing and academic councils.
On the work front, Anupam will be seen in The Accidental Prime Minister, playing former Indian PM Manmohan Singh.