His directional debut, Masoom became a cult classic. He received international recognition not once but twice for Bandit Queen and period film, Elizabeth. For a person whose work speaks louder than his name; actor, director and producer, Shekhar Kapur’s appointment as the president of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society on Tuesday was bound to be a welcoming move. Celebrities hail the decision reminding us of his song, Tujhse naraz nahi zindagi, hairaan hoon main because although we bet there’s not a single being who is naraaj but for sure there will be many hairaan among the crowd. For this move was not expected from the ministry after the previous controversy that sparked off after the appointment of Gajendra Singh Chauhan in 2015. The position was later held by Anupam Kher, who resigned mid-term in 2018 because of his international commitments. BP Singh, creator of CID took over from Kher and now Kapur, 74, will take charge of the same until March 3, 2023. Recipient of Padma Shri, Kapur has to his credit a National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi (director) for Bandit Queen and and his film Elizabeth picked up BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film.
Alumnus Shatrughan Sinha lauds the move and said, “He is worthy from every angle. Bright mind brilliant internationally celebrated filmmaker Shekhar will bring much-needed vitality and direction to the FTII.”
‘Stand your ground’
Raza Murad, FTII pass out, feels Shekhar to be the appropriate choice for bringing in the positive change in the institute. He adds, “He is a man of integrity. I think with the entry of sensible and balanced personality in the prestigious film institute of ours, the peace and guidance that the students require will finally be there.”
An early request
With his appointment, requests for the betterment of the institute have also started pouring in. FTII students want Kapur to deal with fee hike issue. The FTII Students’ Association on Tuesday just after the confirmation of his tenure, which will end on March 3, 2023, requested film-maker Shekhar Kapur to take up the issues of fee hike and the alleged ‘curbing of students’ voice” in his new role. Kapur’s role is not just of the president of the FTII Society but he will also be the chairman of the institute’s governing council. — PTI
Kangana Ranaut took to Twitter and wrote, “Amazing news, congratulations sir, hope to see you in many such roles we need your guidance.” Ranvir Shorey also tweeted, “Congratulations to @shekharkapur ! A true master filmmaker at the helm of India’s premier film institute, FTII, will surely help India achieve excellence in cinema and find its place on the global stage at a time when filmmaking is exploding the world over.” Prasoon Joshi wrote, “Heartfelt best wishes to you @shekharkapur.” —TNS