Hunger strike is no solution: Gajendra Chauhan

New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) As the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) logjam over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman continues, the BJP member and actor says students should not go on hunger strike, but have a dialogue to come up with a solution.

On Monday, the prolonged strike against Chauhan’s appointment as the chairman of FTII entered its 95th day. And students of the Pune-based institute are now sitting on a hunger strike since September 10.

“Hunger strike is no solution. I request them to sit across and have a dialogue with the minister or the ministry officially. Only then a solution can come out,” Chauhan told IANS over phone.

Chauhan, who is best known for essaying the role of ‘Yudhisthir’ in BR Chopra’s “Mahabharat” and has also featured in small roles in various films like “Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge” and “Baghban”, also shared: “I am willing to talk to the students as well to arrive to a solution”.

The students claim that Chauhan lacks credentials for the post of the chairman and that his appointment was politically motivated and they have now urged President Pranab Mukherjee along with 190 eminent filmmakers and artists to intervene and end the stalemate.

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