Chauhan selected FTII prez on the basis one-para CV!

New Delhi, Aug 2, 2015, (PTI) Did the government appoint actor Gajendra Chauhan chief of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India on the basis of a single-para CV with only notable achievement being the role of Yudhisthir in B R Chopra’s TV serial Mahabharat?

It would seem so if one goes by the copy of a file noting received from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in response to an RTI query.

“Gajendra Chauhan is an actor who is best known for his portrayal of the eldest Pandava ‘Yudhishthira’ in the Mahabharat (TV series). He has worked in around 150 movies and over 600 TV serials,” the noting said.

The applicant had sought information about educational and professional qualifications of Gajendra Chauhan which were considered for his selection as President, Film and Television Institute of India, among other queries.

Chauhan, with old BJP links, has been appointed President of FTII Society and Chairman of its Governing Council by the NDA government.

The 281-page record provided by the Ministry includes detailed resume of other stalwarts once proposed for FTII Presidentship, but the only reference to Chauhan’s qualification is a one paragraph summary.

The file notings related to appointment of Chauhan show that many stalwarts of Indian cinema including Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Jahnu Baruah, Raju Hirani, Jaya Bachchan, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Ramesh Sippy, Govind Nihalani and Aamir Khan were considered for the post earlier.

These names were proposed by the FTII for the post of President in 2014, the notings received under the Right to Information Act show.

Apart from the single paragraph file noting, which spoke of Chauhan’s portrayal of Yudhishthir and the number of films and serials he has acted in, the Ministry did not provide any details of his body of work or his CV that were considered ahead of his appointment as FTII chief.

Though the applicant had also sought copies of all the reasons recorded for Chauhan’s selection, the information provided by the Ministry does not show any reasons in defence of his controversial appointment as the FTII President.

The Ministry was also silent on why he was preferred above the doyens of Indian cinema whose names were once proposed by FTII for appointment as its chief.

Several eminent actors including Anupam Kher, Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Salman Khan among others have come out in support of the agitating students of FTII and openly opposed Chauhan’s appointment.

The students, who have paralysed the functioning of the prestigious institute for over 40 days now, have also received support from Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav who have visited the campus.

However, the Narendra Modi government has stuck to its guns and refused to remove Chauhan.
FTII students’ association (FSA) has declared that the strike will continue till their main demand for removal of Chauhan, who they allege lacks vision and stature to head the institution, and reconstitution of FTII Society is accepted.


  1. Gajendra Chauhan is an actor who is best known for his portrayal of the eldest Pandava ‘Yudhishthira’ in the Mahabharat (TV series). He has worked in around 150 movies and over 600 TV serials,” the noting said….. Chauhan, with old BJP links, has been appointed President of FTII Society and Chairman of its Governing Council by the NDA government. – Report

    Out the 150 odd movies, 149 were movies such as ‘Jungle Love’, ‘Khuli Khidki’, ‘Janam Se Pehle’, ‘Kaala Sacch’, ‘Dil ka Sauda’, ‘Rupa, Rani Ramkali’ etc etc. He has also acted in many OTHER soft-porn movies and I wouldn’t be surprised if those movies had names such as ‘Worm in the Apple’, ‘4 Plus Four’, ‘Uncle’s Fault’, ‘Savitha Bhabi ki Original Kahani’, ‘Avanum Avalum pinne Mangalapuram Potholes’galum’, ‘Ningal Perenda Mone?’, ‘ಆಂಟೀ, ನಿಮಗಾಕೆ ನಾಲಿಗೆ ಚಪ್ಪಳ?’ ‘KitikiDarshana’ ‘ ಪ್ರೀತಿಕಾಣದ ಗಂಡ’, ‘ರಮಣ Rampa’ etc.

    And he was Yudhishtira on DD way back in 1985 or thereabouts? Hahahahaha. :):):)

    Remember me questioning your RSS/BJP Jokers wisdom in appointing this Joker as Chairman of FTII? And you did your customary Paalayana Vadya. AND did I get any proper answer from you except my daily fix of Jokes? But then, I’m used to your SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) by now.

    Good going ya Rampu. 🙂 Let me have another beer on you. Cheers

  2. Dear readers,

    When ‘kaam wali bai’ with fake degree can take up the union minister PM Modi good governance ‘Pandu’ appointment won’t surprise.

    It can be recalled that Narendra Modi’s new Censor Board packed with BJP members

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    Brother-in-law of Shatrughan Sinha, Pahlaj Nihalani also composed and directed the song ‘Har Ghar Modi’ in the run up to the May 2014 elections.

    Mihir Bhuta, FirstPost reported was helping NRI film maker Mitesh Patel in making a movie about Narendra Modi’s journey from a common man to the chief minister of Gujarat.

    Chandra Prakash Dwivedi:written the dialouges for the Doordhasan series on Chatrapathi Shivaji.

    Jeevitha : A Telugu actress and currently the BJP spokesperson of Telangana. In November 2014, Jeevitha Rajashekar was sentenced to two years imprisonment in a cheque bounce case by a local court. After getting bail, the actor said the case against her was false. This was in fact the third such case
    against her husband Rajashekar and her. During the May 2014 elections Jeevitha and her husband had unveiled a song for Narendra Modi.

    S.Ve Shekher : Is a famous Tamil playwright and actor. Though he was an AIADMK MLA in 2006, he officially joined the BJP in 2013.

    Vani Tripathi Tikoo : She has acted in movies like Chalte Chalte and Dushman and is a theatre artist. She is also the national secretary of the BJP.

    George Baker: Popular actor who has acted in many Assamese and Bengali movies. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014. He contested from the Howrah constituency, but lost.

    Ashoke Pandit : Is a film-maker and social activist. His documentary ‘And the World Remained Silent’ portraying the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits was well received.

    Ramesh Patange : A Dalit leader and editor of Marati Weekly ‘Vivek’, Patange is an RSS ideologue. He is a founder member of the Samajik Samarasata Munch which is a social equality forum of the RSS.

    Dr. Syed Abdul Bari: The Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Gujarat, he was appointed to the position on 25th August, 2014.

    Chairman selection of FTII is already became prestigious issue due to Rahul Gandhi being invited by the staff on protest.This is another classic example of ‘Saffronisation’ where BJP sees potential in it.

    As pronged strategy of RSS out of three the first leg of Hindutva is already in place with Governor to Military is already influenced with radical approach for broader and longer prospective.

    The Indian cinematic tradition commenced exactly 100 years ago with the release of the black-and-white silent film “Raja Harischandra” on May 3, 1913, now Modi government even takeover which is By 2016, revenue is expected to reach $4.5 billion.By realising the business potential the mass influence RSS is even not spared this industry.

    Jai Hind

  3. Another round of incoherent thoughts in the form of gibberish posted by joker Praveena. I can imagine how his disastrous interview for US visa would have gone down!! LOL Probably it took less time for Consulate Officer to reject his application than Rhonda Rousey to knockout her opponents!! LOL LOL

    • I can imagine how his disastrous interview for US visa would have gone down. – Joker RampaNNA

      Hahahaha! I ask him about what he thinks about making a top Joker chaddi the Chairman of the FTTI and he “IMAGINES” how my US interview went in order to get that scrap of paper (oh, it is called a ‘Visa’) so that one can live happily EVER AFTER in the land of the free!

      This reminds me of the following joke & YES, I know that I have posted it before:

      Interviewer to an Interviewee (called RampaNNA): Are you married?

      RampaNNA: Saar, but next week only my neighbor’s sister-in-law’s brother will get married. Please come saar because blessings are in presents only!
      And Rampa, please keep IMAGINING some more because it keeps you happy and contented. AND, a happy Rampa = More Jokes and more Jokes = A v Happy Praveena and others.

      Jai Rampa Ki and KEEP IMAGINING. 🙂

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