The ice, as they say, has thawed. Anupam Kher’s unplanned visit to the Film & Television Institute Of India(FTII) has established what Anupam describes as a “healthy interactive equation” with the students.
Says Anupam, “I think they now know I am not a monster.That we are on the same page. The problem with bringing someone from the top to run an organization is , the whole organization always look at that person with suspicion.And I really don’t blame them for thinking so. I wanted them to know that I was not bringing any bureaucratic baggage on the campus.”
Anupam describes his two days on the FTII campus as enlightening. “I interacted with the students, told them that I’ve been there, taken my play to their campus long ago,have visited them and felt like a part of them .It didn’t take much convincing because I wasn’t faking it.The visit was actually spontaneous and therefore based on a feeling of complete honesty.”
Anupam had interactive sessions with the students. “I did a masterclass with the students. We also did a homage to Tom Alter with his son Jimmy at the venue. But what I enjoyed most was talking to the students, trying to understand their problems.”
The actor knows there is no dearth of problems to be faced and solved at the FTII. “But for these problems to be addressed we will treat them as a part of life, not as peculiar circumstances requiring special treatment. In life there are problems every day.We get up each morning and look at the day’s work as part of life. That’s how I will look at the workings of the FTII. Not as an institution requiring special attention but a normal work-place with normal situations to be looked into. Breathe easy, relax. It’s just students eager to learn about cinema. We’ve all gone through that.”