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  • ‘Padmavati’ was a Queen, not a dancer: Gajendra

    Mumbai : In the wake of the ongoing controversy over the upcoming movie Padmavati, actor and filmmaker Gajendra Chauhan has said that Rani Padmavati was a queen and not a dancer, like Sanjay Leela Bhansali has tried to show her in the film.

  • On FTII visit, Anupam Kher tries to strike positive note with students

    Pune: Newly-appointed FTII chairman Anupam Kher paid an unscheduled visit to the campus in Pune on Monday and broke bread with students, apparently to build a rapport with them. Against the backdrop of the acrimony when the appointment of Kher’s predecessor Gajendra Chauhan had triggered protests in 2015, Kher seemed to make efforts to win the confidence of students.

  • BJP’s ‘sipahi’ Gajendra Chauhan says ‘played 20-20 match’ in FTII

    Mumbai: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Friday said he is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ‘sipahi’, adding his ideology is same as the saffron party. Chauhan told ANI that the government was happy with his work and added that he did his best as the chairman of FTII.

  • Pune: FTII chairman’s term ends today; extension unlikely

    Pune: Tenure of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) ends on March 3. He is yet to get intimation on his extension but sources from the Information and Broadcasting ministry say it is unlikely that he will be given an extension.

  • Gajendra Chauhan heckled at Makhanlal Varsity; says it is democratic

    BHOPAL : “The protest by the students symbolises that democracy is still alive”, said Gajendra Chauhan, director, FTII after facing protest by students along with slogans like ‘ Gajendra Chauhan Murdabad’ at the orientation program of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and communication at Samanvay Bhawan.

  • Amid loud protests, FTII gets down to biz

    Pune (Maharashtra) : The first meeting of the newly-appointed Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and its governing council was held here on Thursday under the chairmanship of filmmaker Gajendra Chauhan, even as students protested against him outside the campus. Eminent television serial maker B P Singh was elected vice president of the FTII Society, also as vice chairman of the Governing Council. The “C.I.D.” producer, an FTII alumnus, will be new

  • FTII row: 20 students detained by Pune Police

    Pune: The police detained around 20 students, who were staging a protest against Film and Television Institute (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan, outside the institute’s campus.

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    Standoff between police, FTII students amid protest on Chauhan

    Pune: Police used force to disperse and round up a group of about 40 FTII students protesting here against TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan who is expected to take charge as the institute’s Chairman today.

  • Modi govt most anti-intellectual: Ramachandra Guha

    Bengaluru: Renowned historian Ramchandra Guha today said he believes that the government at the Centre led by Narendra Modi is the most “anti-intellectual” the country ever had and is manifested in the appointments it had made in various educational and cultural institutions.

  • Talibanisation Of Censorship must come to an end

    “Interpole ka pole, Mera haath Jagannath, din mein sister raat mein bistar are the portions that have been removed from Tamasha as they were a little non-veg and have been rightly censored,” said Ranbir Kapoor in a video interview recently. With a movie up for release, the biggest of actors and filmmakers are willing to placate the ruthless scissors of Censor Board and compromise upon their right to freedom of expression. I don’t

  • National Award winners from the film fraternity (from left) PM Satheesh, Madhusree Dutta, Saeed Akthar Mirza, Kundan Shah, Irene Dhar Malik and Beena Sarkar Iliyas announcing the return of their awards against the growing intolerance in the country at the Mumbai Press Club on Thursday.

    Filmmakers demand ghar wapsi of FTII chief while returning awards

    Mumbai : On Thursday, 24 filmmakers returned their national award protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairperson of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), and also in the wake of recent incidents happening in the country where “an individual and his right is not being respected”.

  • Post strike, new challenges ahead for FTII students

    Pune  : After a 139-day-long non-violent democratic strike of Film Institute of India students against appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s President, the students are facing new difficulties regarding the completion of the syllabus of their current academic year.

  • Narendra Modi

    No-nonsense message is needed

    First came the writers. Then the scientists. Then the artists. And now, the latest in a growing line of protesters are the film makers. All of them have returned their awards to the government of India or sent letters pointing out the growing intolerance in the country and the government’s refusal or inability to come out with a strong reaction against these forces.

  • Agitating FTII students, Govt hold talks, deadlock continues

    New Delhi : Agitating students of FTII today held one more round of talks with the government but there were no indications of an immediate end to the four-month-old deadlock over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman.

  • FTII row: Gajendra Chauhan urges students to strike chord with Govt.

    New Delhi: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Tuesday appealed to the protesting students to arrive at an agreement in the upcoming meeting with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry so that the situation can return to normal at the institute.

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    FTII row: Gajendra Chauhan urges students to strike chord with Govt.

    New Delhi : Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Tuesday appealed to the protesting students to arrive at an agreement in the upcoming meeting with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry so that the situation can return to normal at the institute. “I appeal to the FTII students to arrive at a consensus in their upcoming meeting with the ministry so that the strike ends and we work together

  • Students of FTII outside the Film Division office after meeting the joint secretary regarding their strike, on Wednesday.

    FTII imbroglio: No breakthrough in talks, next round on Oct 10

    Mumbai : A fresh round of talks on Wednesday between I&B officials and striking FTII students failed to resolve the over 100-day deadlock with the students insisting on their demand for removal of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as the Pune-based institute’s chairman.

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