Gajendra Chauhan, best known for playing Yudhisthira on TV epic 'Mahabharata', took over as the chairman of the Pune-based institute's governing council last month. His appointment was heavily criticised by current and former students of the institute.

   
FTII students have been boycotting classes, abandoning academic work in protest against the appointment of Chauhan, who they allege lacks "stature and vision" to head the institution.

"I personally feel that FTII represents a certain art form... it does certainly need a person having a great body of work which means he is supposed to know world cinema, he is supposed to know the present state of cinema like editing. But certainly FTII needs somebody who is much more qualified than whatever Ganjendra ji's qualifications are coming across," Kher said here today.

   

"I certainly do not think Gajendra ji is qualified as a producer, director or actor," 60-year old actor said. Asked whether the government institution should be an autonomous body, Kher said, "It should be autonomous certainly."

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