"Gajendra Chauhan is an actor who is best known for his portrayal of the eldest Pandava 'Yudhishthir' in the Mahabharat (TV series). He has worked in around 150 movies and over 600 TV serials," the RTI noting said
The government ignored the names of at least six renowned film personalities, including Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan and Shyam Benegal, before settling for little-known actor Gajendra Chauhan
Shahid is a film that I am really proud of. It's not only a film for me, it's an entire journey about how you actually don't need a lot of money to make a good film. All you need is a good story, great team and basic budget in place and lot of passion which every member of Shahid had.
After slipping into the roles of Urdu poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad respectively on stage, thespian actor Tom Alter now aspires to enact the roles of two stalwarts of Partition, Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Actor Anupam Kher is the new Chairman of FTII; he interacted with the media after the announcement on Wednesday. He said he would work with the students and the teachers of FTII and put in the best of his experience on the job.
Anupam Kher has been named the new chief of film training institute FTII, where there were massive protests last year over the appointment of small-time actor Gajendra Chauhan. The 62-year-old critically acclaimed actor has a vast repertoire of Hindi films, theatre as well as crossover projects. The appointment of Mr Chauhan, a small time actor best known for playing Yudhishthir in the TV version of Mahabharata, fueled protests by thousands of students at FTII or the Film and Television Institute of India.
Director Kundan Shah, best-known for making iconic satire Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, died of a heart attack in his Mumbai home this morning, report news agencies PTI and ANI. Mr Shah was 69 and would have been 70 later this month. Mr Shah, a graduate of Pune's Film and Television Institute of India, worked in both film and television and directed actors such as Naseeruddin Shah, Shah Rukh Khan and Om Puri.
Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment as chairman of Pune's prestigious Film and Television Institute of India has led to a mass boycott and protests by students, has immersed himself in a role that involves a more receptive audience.