Talking About The Heritage Of FTII, These People Are Behind India’s Premier Film And Television Institute

Aditi Gupta

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July 20 , 2015

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Indefinite strike by the students of FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) is still going strong against the appointment of actor and BJP member, Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman. Students and some of the people from the film fraternity also think that Gajendra Chauhan is not fit for the post of the chairman. Mr. Chauhan, is a Bollywood actor who is best known for his portrayal of ‘Yudhishthir’ in Mahabharata television series.

As FTII is an autonomous body under the ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India, the chairman also functions as the president of The Governing Council, The Academic Council and The Standing Finance of the committee. This means that he will be responsible for making all major policy decisions of the institute. Therefore, the student’s council seeks for a well qualified and a promising director, which they think Gajendra Chauhan is not. While this FTII row ends, we present to you the faces who made this into India's premier Film and Television institute.






1. Sayeed Akhtar Mirza (2011-2014)


A director, writer, novelist and a producer, Sayeed Mirza had won the National Award three times. He is the maker of important parallel cinema films like Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa kyu ata hai, Saleem Langde per mat ro and Naseem.





2. U R Ananthamurthy (2005-2011)


He is a novelist, playwright, poet, literary critic and finalist of the Man Booker prize. Winner of Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Akademi and a Jnanpith award, he is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya movement (Modernist school of writing)







3. Vinod Khanna (2001-2005)


One of the best actors of Bollywood, Khanna is among the few Hindi actors who started by playing the role of a villain and moved on to play a hero. He had also worked in Pakistani movies.







4. Girish Karnad (1999-2001)


Girish Karnad is an actor, director, writer, playwright and a recipient of 9 National Awards, Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan, Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith Award (highest literary honour of India). He marked the blooming and maturing of Kannada literature in the sixties. He has also been the voice of APJ Abdul Kalam, in the audio book of Kalam’s autobiography, ‘Wings of Fire’.







5. Mahesh Bhatt (1995-1998)


Director, producer, screen writer and a writer, Bhatt had directed and produced several national award winning films like Daddy, Hum hain rahi pyaar ke, Zakhm and Arth.






6. Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1987-1995)


Adoor Gopalakrishnan is a director, writer, producer and winner of 16 National Awards, Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke award. He revolutionized Malayalam Cinema and is regarded as one of the finest filmmakers of India.







7. Mrinal Sen (1984-1986)


One of the greatest ambassadors of Indian parallel Cinema, Mrinal Sen won 18 National Awards and 13 International Awards. He is known for introducing the ‘New Cinema’ in India.








8. Shyam Benegal (1981-1983 and 1989-1992)


Director, writer and winner of 12 National Awards, Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award. His films have been nominated at Cannes, Berlin and Moscow in competition sections. With his first four feature films (Ankur, Nishant, Manthan and Bhumika). He was the creator of a new genre called ‘Middle Cinema’ in India.







9. R K laxman (1977-1980)


Indian cartoonist, illustrator and humourist, he is best known for his creation of ‘The Common Man’ and for his daily cartoon strip, ‘You said it’ in the Times Of India. He is honoured with Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Raman Magsaysay Award.







10. S M H Burney (1975-1977)


He was a civil servant, Governor of the states of Tripura, Nagaland, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and a Chairman of the National Minorities Commission. He authored the work ‘Iqbal- Poet, patriot of India’.







11. Anwar Jamal Kidwai (1974-1975)


He is critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker, writer, producer and a director who has been awarded the National Award for four times. He has also served as Jury in many International film festivals.

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