"Looking at the ministry's unrelenting approach and the amount of our valuable time spent, we have decided to end the strike and resume classes. However, our voices will not shut, but grow louder. The protests shall continue democratically and in the peaceful manner as they have," she an FTII student
The students, on September 26 said that they were ready to withdraw their hunger strike to pave the way for a dialogue if the Information and Broadcasting Ministry confirmed a date and venue for talks. The students are demanding Gajendra Chauhan's removal as Chairman of the government-run institute along with some other members from the FTII Society
The students of FTII claim that Gajendra 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
FTII students have been protesting against the appointment of BJP member and actor Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institution. They said that Mr Chauhan lacked credentials for the post of the chairman and that his appointment was politically-motivated. On September 12, the students' strike completed 93 days
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.
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.
Salman Khan weighed in on the FTII controversy saying that Gajendra Chauhan, controversially appointed the new chairman, should listen to the students protesting against him.