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#FTIIMahabharat – Gajendra Chouhan Should Resign Voluntarily’: Rishi Kapoor

FTII Controversy

'Gajendra Chouhan Should Resign Voluntarily': Rishi Kapoor on FTII Controversy

MUMBAI:  Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor addressed a press conference on his tweets of advice to embattled FTII chairman Gajendra Chauhan.

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.

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