Here are the highlights of what he said:
- I’ve nothing personal against Gajendra Chauhan, I’ve never met him.
- The profession of films isn’t a matter of theory.
- You can’t learn by the book.
- You need a figurehead who can advise you and tell you what is good and what is wrong.
- Knowledge of cinema is important. I’ve been in films for 44 years and I’m certainly not capable of being FTII chief.
- If students have some problem with Mr Chauhan, there must be some justification.
- I was rejected from the FTII because I had failed Class 11.
- I am standing by the FTII students.
- If a political appointee had to be made, there is Shatrughan Sinha or Hema Malini or Paresh Rawal.
- You can’t demand respect you must command. You can’t keep fighting to be chairman.
- When you are being opposed openly, you should voluntarily resign.
- I would tell tell students, attend your classes, the issue of the institute’s chairman is a different matter.
- One should be capable of handling whatever posts you are given. Unfortunately, there are many people in our country who are given portfolios they aren’t capable of handling.
- Someone who is authoritatively knowledgeable about cinema and facets of making a film… I don’t have it.
- As a friend, I will tell Gajendra Chauhan, ‘Don’t impose yourself’.
- He may be the most capable man but I’m saying we should do what the students want. Students want a figurehead who can inspire them.