At least 20 students were hit by batons or lathis as they protested today ahead of Gajendra Chauhan's arrival, some of them were detained by the police. "Go back, go back" chanted some as Mr Chauhan entered the school, where he will spend the day holding meetings with officials
FTII Students' Association president Harishankar Nachimuthu said: "Gajendra Chauhan is coming, that is confirmed, but we have not got any official intimation. There will be protests obviously, but we have not decided other things. There will be some protest at the campus on Thursday"
National Award-winning artists like Dibakar Banerjee are returning their government awards and honours to protest impediments to freedom of speech and expression. But Shah Rukh said: "The country is becoming increasingly intolerant. Respect those who returned government awards, but (I) won't return mine"
"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
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.