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Naseeruddin Shah To Take Over FTII ?

The sudden resignation  of Anupam Kher as  chairperson of  Film  & Television Film Institute Of India(FTII) has left  the prestigious and  important post with a question mark.

Who next?

Apparently  the  Ministry  Of  Information & Broadcasting is  seriously considering  Naseeruddin Shah.

A  source close to the  I & B ministry says, “We would love to  have Naseer Bhai take over. He is  a phenomenal talent, articulate clued  and  hard-headed and a terrific administrator. He’s perfect  for the role. “

Naseer is apparently  reluctant to  step into any government job. But that won’t deter  the powers-that-be from trying.

Shatrughan Sinha who  has been  offered the  post twice in the past says he isn’t surprised by Anupam’s  resignation.  “If you remember I  had  expressed  my misgivings regarding Anupam’s schedules. He had so  much on his plate already. I wondered  if he would be able to give time to  this work. Looking after the FTII is  not a part-time job.  It requires  a man of great cinematic knowledge and administrative skills. It also requires a professional who would be able to work for monstrous hours every day seven days a week.  Grooming and  supervising  new cinematic talent is  not a  job. It’s  requires the discipline of a religious practice.”

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