Superstar Salman Khan has become the latest in the line of Bollywood celebrities opposing Film and Television Institute (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment at the helm, as students in Pune continue to protest for his ouster since more than a month now.
“He (Chauhan) should listen to the students and step down,” Salman said during an interaction with reporters in Mumbai.
Following Salman’s comments, Chauhan hit back saying the superstar had kept his views and it is for the government to decide whether he should go or not.
“We are concerned and pained by the notice threatening rustication of about 200 hundred students who are on strike on the campus. We expected a more sensitive handling of the issue by the government which has not responded to our repeated communications, calling for a fresh round of talks to sort out the matters that concern us,” FTII Students Association (FSA) representative Vikas Urs told mediapersons in Pune.
Meanwhile, film personalities such as Anupam Kher, Resul Pookutty, Kiran Rao, Amol Palekar, Rajkummar Rao, Sudhir Mishra, Rishi Kapoor have all voiced their opinion against appointment of BJP member Chauhan as chairman.
Chauhan, who is best known for playing ‘Yudhistira’ in the popular TV show Mahabharata, is not qualified enough for the FTII chairman’s post, say students and eminent film personalities.