"I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.", Kher tweeted.
Bollywood actor and noted theatre personality Anupam Kher appointed as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chief. He is quite experienced and runs his own (acting) institute (Actor Prepares) in Mumbai.
Now, two years later as Kher succeeds Chauhan there is a general feeling that the memories of what was arguably one of the worst appointments ever in the history of FTII would soon be a thing of the past.
However, students on the campus did not sound excited over his appointment.
Now Chauhan, in reaction to Anupam's appointment, told IANS that FTII needed a good administrator more than a good actor.
The FTII is an autonomous institute under the Information & Broadcasting Ministry and funded by the Central Government. He added, "I certainly do not think Gajendraji is qualified as a producer, director or actor".
Chauhan, whose appointment to the post in June 2015 was opposed by FTII students, demitted office in March 2017. "As a student I can say his mentoring has been a boon".
Some of Kher's prominent films include Saaransh, Daddy, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara, Khosla Ka Ghosla and A Wednesday.
The Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (2016) awardee actor has more than 500 movies and several plays in his repertoire. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit extended his good wishes to the 62-year-old and said, "Kher sahab has a great body of work in the Indian as well as the worldwide cinema".
Kher, who has appeared in acclaimed global films such as Silver Lining Playbook and Bend it Like Beckham, was the Director of National School of Drama from 2001-2004.