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The FTII chairman discusses his appointment and plans with The Indian Express
Did your appointment come as a surprise?
When I got a call from the Ministry of I&B, I was a bit surprised as I was not expecting it. Yesterday, I was promoting my upcoming film Ranchi Diaries and had a motivational lecture in Raipur, when I was told that they would be very happy if I can take up this role. So, I said yes, as it would be the most amazing and humbling feeling. Also, FTII is my alma mater and I would be going back there as a chairman. I studied there for six months as part of my National School of Drama training. However, I did not know that I would be hearing the news while doing a
Facebook Live event for a portal as part of the promotions when someone congratulated me.
Every time there is a sense of achievement in me, it takes me back to my roots — when I started my life as a son of a forest department clerk in a small town. [It] also reminds me about studying at NSD on a scholarship and moving to Mumbai without anything. Today, God has given a lot of things. For that point of view, it is a great feeling. At the same time, it makes me nervous and gives me a sense of responsibility. For the last four decades, I have been in this field as a student, drama teacher and a person who has acted in over 500 films in Hindi, in different Indian languages and abroad. I am doing a lot of work even now. I am not a retired person.


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