The students and alumni members including Oscar-winner Resul Pookutty and filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli met Jaitley in his North Block Finance Ministry office here. The delegation also held an 'inconclusive' meeting for two hours with the senior ministry officials, who heard their demands, according to sources. However, some who attended the meeting said there were some 'positive' indications of resolving the issue.

Sources stated that the ministry officials included Joint Secretary (films) K Sanjay Murti and had a detailed discussion with the students. The  appointment of Chauhan, who played Yudhisthira in TV serial 'Mahabharat', as the FTII chief triggered protests among the students there as they called for a person of a higher stature to head the institution. Similar sentiments were also expressed by some of the alumni of the institution.

They also alleged that BJP member Chauhan's appointment was an attempt to 'saffronise' the institute. With the students refusing to relent and not attending classes since June 9 when the appointment was made, I&B Ministry invited them for talks to sort out the issue.

Earlier, agitating students of FTII took their protest to the heart of the national capital as they held a demonstration seeking immediate revocation of Chauhan's appointment.

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