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New Delhi: After a series of controversy, the union government finally got rid of Gajendra Chouhan. He has been replaced as Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) by film actor Anupam Kher. The announcement came on Wednesday afternoon.

Kher replaces Gajendra Chauhan as the FTII chairman whose tenure ended in March this year. The institute hit the headlines last year when students boycotted classes for 139 days in opposition to Chauhan’s appointment.

Kher has worked in more than 500 films and over 100 plays in last three decades. The 62-year-old actor was conferred the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 by the Indian government. Some of his prominent films include Saaransh, Daddy, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Khosla Ka Ghosla and A Wednesday.

He has also been a part of international projects such as Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee’s 2007 Golden Lion-winning Lust, Caution, and David O Russell’s 2013 Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook. His wife Kirron Kher is an actor and a BJP MP.

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