Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur appointed as new President of FTII (Twitter/ Shekhar Kapur)
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur was appointed the new President of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and as the Chairman of FTII Governing Council on Tuesday, the ministry of information and broadcasting announced. Shekhar Kapur will take over from television producer BP Singh who was appointed in 2018. As per reports, Kapur’s tenure will be till March 3, 2023.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday evening took to Twitter and wrote, “Happy to inform that renowned international film personality #ShekharKapur has been appointed as the President of FTII Society & Chairman of Governing Council of FTII.”
Happy to inform that renowned international film personality #ShekharKapur has been appointed as the President of FTII Society & Chairman of Governing Council of FTII.@narendramodi @shekharkapur pic.twitter.com/lARfoDW4b9
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) September 29, 2020
Another tweet read, “Mr Kapur, who has a vast experience, will add more value to the Institute. I am sure everybody will welcome his appointment.”
FTII is considered to be the government’s top institutes for training in cinema and television. It includes notable alumni such as Om Puri, Naseruddin Shah, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi among others.
The 74-year-old filmmaker is a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2000 and well known for making films such as Mr India, Masoom and Bandit Queen among others. Kapur has also acted as well as produced several projects. He is also noted for his contribution to International cinema.
His 1998 film Elizabeth, based on the life of Queen Elizabeth, even earned him the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe. Whereas, Bandit Queen won a National Award for best feature film in Hindi in 1994.
Veterans such as Vinod Khanna, Girish Karnad, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal and Mahesh Bhatt have held the prestigious positions at FTII. Just three weeks ago, Paresh Rawal was appointed as the chairman of the National School of Drama.
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