The row between agitating students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and the government of India over removal of TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as Chairman of the institute has thickened as after noted filmmaker Jahnu Barua and eminent cinematographer Santosh Sivan withdrawing their names from FTII society another renowned Bollywood actress and TV star Pallavi Joshi has resigned as member of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society.
In a letter to the secretary of I&B Ministry Pallavi Joshi has urged, “I do not want to be part of the FTII society after this cloud of negativity because it is useless to be on the society or in the governing council if the students are unhappy and dissatisfied?"
Supporting the agitating students Ms.Joshi said, “My heart goes out to the students who have been so dignified and have conducted a peaceful protest so far. It is commendable how they are trying to have a dialogue with the ministry. I am a person of art and all I know is that art cannot prosper in such a negative environment.”
It may be noted that agitation which entered 25th day of its strike is primarily over the appointment of small time actor TV actor Gajendra Chauhan, whose only passport to popularity is his role as Yudhisthira on TV epic Mahabharata.
Condemning credentials of Gajendra Chauhan an FTII alumnus Pankaj Rishi Kumar said, “He doesn't fit the bill at all. He's a puppet, a scapegoat of the BJP government. I doubt if he even knows a Berlin or a Rotterdam film festivals. He probably only understands Filmfare, Apsara and maybe National awards, which he will never get since he has worked in soft porn films! His film credentials are not even zero, they are further down.”
The agitation has received great backing from the film fraternity. Oscar-winning sound arranger Resul Pookutty extending support to the FTII students said, “A person who becomes a chairman of an institute or a governing council should be able to inspire the students. I don't think the present chairman, who is appointed by the government of India, is anything to be aspired for... I think that it is cheating. A government cannot cheat its people.”
Meanwhile the government instead on removing Gajendra Chauhan has threatened to shut down the premium institution!!! Wah Kya Insaaf hai….!!!