Anupam Kher resigns as FTII chairman
The actor has resigned from his post citing his commitment to the international TV show, New Amsterdam
Anupam Kher, who was appointed the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in October last year, as replacement to Gajendra Chauhan, has resigned from his post citing his commitment to the international TV show, New Amsterdam.
In his resignation letter addressed to Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Anupam informed that his schedule for New Amsterdam has been extended for an additional four-month period and he will be stationed in the US till mid-2019. Hence, the 63-year-old actor has decided to step down as the chairman of FTII since he doesn't see it fair to hold a position of “such responsibility and accountability” in the interim period.
“It has been an honour, a privilege and a great learning experience to be the Chairman of the prestigious FTII. But because of my international assignments, I won’t have much time to devote to the institute. Hence, I decided to send my resignation,” the actor shared on social media.
In a later post, he thanked the staff and students of FTII for supporting him through his tenure. “As an individual you can always reach out to me. We have constituted a very learned and capable governing body and academic society who will guide you,” he added.
Anupam Kher started shooting for New Amsterdam in New York in August. The medical drama premiered on September 25 and was picked up for a full-season production consisting 22 episodes. In the show, the actor plays the role of Dr Vijay Kapoor, an Indian-origin medical practitioner who heads the neurology department of the fictional New Amsterdam hospital.
“There have been many great medical shows in the past, but New Amsterdam has moved a lot of people who want a faith revival in the medical profession. I am very proud to be on the show and represent India and Indian-origin doctors,” Anupam had earlier told us.
Praising the premise of New Amsterdam, he had added, “In India and all over the world, the hierarchy of a doctor is second to god. A patient puts his life in the hands of a doctor with a lot of trust and hope. But when that hope and compassion gets corrupted, then your faith in humanity goes haywire. New Amsterdam is a show that tries to rekindle that compassion.”