FTII row: I respect Rishi Kapoor’s opinion, says Gajendra Chauhan

Chandigarh, July 10 (ANI): BJP leader and actor Ganjendra Chauhan, whose appointment as the FTII chairman has sparked a major row, on Friday, said he respected thespian Rishi Kapoor’s opinions and strongly denied reports that he had spoken anything against the latter.

“Rishi ji is very respected person and actor for me. This is a democratic country and everyone has the right to express their views. I respect his views. I have got to know that some channel is saying that I said ‘Who are they (Rishi Kapoor and Anupam kher) to speak in this?’ I totally deny it. For me they are both respectful people,” Chauhan told ANI.

“My appointment has been through the government and my credentials have been checked by I-B Ministry. The government has given me this responsibility only because I’m suitable for it,” he added.

Rishi Kapoor had earlier said that Chauhan should voluntarily resign as the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), leaving aside his ego.

“I have nothing against Gajendra Chauhan. My point is how will he be received at FTII when everyone is against his appointment? If this is how Gajendra Chauhan is being received, the man should voluntarily resign leaving aside his pride and ego,” Kapoor told the media here.

Students of FTII have been protesting against Chauhan’s appointment due to his affiliation to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and his lack of experience and stature. A billboard at the entrance of the institute had last week asked Chauhan to resign and leave.

Other student groups have been protesting against the decision as well, with organisations like the AISA encouraging Chauhan to quit. (ANI)

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