Guwahati: Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher resigned as the chairman Film And Television Institute Of India (FTII), Kher broke the news through a tweet.
In his tweet, Mr Kher attached a copy of his resignation letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and wrote: "It has been an honour, a privilege and a great learning experience to be the Chairman of the prestigious FTII. 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."
Mr Kher currently features as a part of the primary cast of ongoing US TV show New Amsterdam.
In his resignation letter, which has been accepted, Mr Kher said he decided to quit as FTII's chairman as he will have to be stationed in the US for "nearly nine months between 2018 and 2019 and then, for a similar period for a minimum of three years more." Without naming the show in concern, which appears to be New Amsterdam, Mr Kher added that the change in his work schedule happened after the makers decided to extend the show by four months.
"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," read the second part of his resignation letter.
Anupam Kher was appointed as the FTII chairman on October 11 last year, when he replaced Gajendra Chauhan. Gajendra Chauhan's three-year-long tenure as the FTII chairman was marked by several controversies.
Within just a few days after Mr Kher was appointment as the FTII chairman, students sent an open letter to Mr Kher, asking him to address nine key issues of concern. Soon after, Anupam Kher featured in headlines after he made a surprise visit to the film school in Pune
Meanwhile, NBC's New Amsterdam, starring Anupam Kher, premiered on September 25 this year and also includes names such as Ryan Eggold, Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman, Jocko Sims and Tyler Labine in the primary cast. Anupam Kher has also been part of Canadian TV show The Indian Detective, which is expected to resume its second season. In the past, Anupam Kher has been part of several international projects such as 2002's Bend It Like Beckham and the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook. This year, Mr Kher was named in BAFTA nominations in the Supporting Role category for his role in British TV show The Boy With The Topknot.
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