Introspection was demanded not just by the viewers, but the Bollywood celebs as well, after a few decisions by the FTII chairman, Gajendra Chauhan were blamed to be bizarre.
The fact that Gajendra Chauhan does not want to abandon his post as the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman is not hidden. But everyone other than the chairman in question wants a different person to head the prestigious organisation. Even veteran actor Anupam Kher said so during a TV debate on Thursday night. Oh, Kher also asked Chauhan to shut up!
It all began with a simple question, “What is a good movie?” Chauhan, in all sincerity gave one of those mediocre rate answers about how the movie which is liked by all is a good one, “Jo picture chal jaye, audience se accept ho jaye,” (any picture that works and is accepted by the audience) is what Chauhan’s definition of a good movie is!
Kher didn’t buy any of that and declared without mincing any words, “I think that was a sad statement to make.” He also added, “Picture woh achhe hoti hai jo aapke mann ko kahi na kahi chhooti hai. Aapke mann ke ehsaas ko jagati hai. Aapko kuch sochne par majboor karti hai…” (A good movie is one which touches your heart and soul, which forces you to think).
The argument doing the rounds is that if the Board of Control for Cricket in India can have a chairman who had absolutely nothing to do with cricket then what is wrong in selecting Chauhan to head FTII who at least has 30 years of experience in cinemas?
Is all we can do, is accept what’s coming? On social media websites like Twitter, tweets on the very topic have turned the issue into a nation-wide debate. Let’s check the video clip of the incident.