In a surprising development, veteran actor Anupam Kher has resigned from the post of the Film and Television Institute of India chairman. In his resignation letter dispatched to Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Kher said that he was resigning because of his new commitment for a TV show, for which he will have to be based in the US.
He said that his new show will require him to stay in the US for nearly nine months between 2018 and 2019 and then for a similar period for a minimum of three years more.
“Given this assignment it would not be fair to me, the students and management team, for me to hold a position of such responsibility and accountability, without being actively involved in the operations,” News agency quoted his letter.
Rathore is believed to have accepted his resignation. Kher had succeeded Gajendra Chauhan, who had a controversial tenure, as the head of the Pune-based FTII in October last year.
Last week, in a stunning confession, Kher had said that he made a mistake in wrongly judging the former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. While posting a video of the wrap of his upcoming film The Accidental Prime Minister, Kher wrote, “And it is a WRAP for one of my most cherished films #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister. Thank you the cast and the crew for the most enriching times. Thank you #DrManmohanSinghJi for your journey. It has been a great learning experience for me.”
His next film The Accidental Prime Minister is based on Sanjay Baru’s book with the same name. Baru had served as the media advisor of Manmohan Singh between 2004 and 2008. Among other artists in the film are Akshay Khann and Aahana Kumra, who will be seen in Priyanka Gandhi’s role.