FTII students ready for talks, but strike continues

Updated - November 16, 2021 04:59 pm IST

Published - June 18, 2015 08:37 pm IST - Pune:

Students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) have agreed to hold talks with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry over the appointment of TV actor-BJP leader Gajendra Chauhan as Chairman of the Governing Council, even as their indefinite strike entered its seventh day on Thursday.

After hectic deliberations with a host of former FTII alumni, who descended upon the campus in an expression of solidarity with the strikers, the FTII Students’ Association (FSA), at a brief late evening press conference, said while it was willing to iron out key issues with the I&B Ministry in-principle, the students’ body would decide which were the “relevant ones”.

“As of now, till we take a call on what issues to debate with the Ministry, the strike goes on,” said Harishankar Nachimuthu, president, FSA.

Meanwhile the campus continued to be daubed in slogans championing the importance of art and warning of its desecration through the ascent of mediocrity, in an unveiled expression of the students’ anger against Mr. Chauhan’s appointment and his “credentials”.

Students painted the campus with quotes from maverick film legends like director Samuel Fuller (famed for his gritty war and film-noirs in the 1950s) and screenwriter-director John Milius (who co-wrote Apocalypse Now).

“The Ministry, rather overbearingly, has said that it reserves the right to final appointments. But in this case [Mr. Chauhan’s appointment], the careers of the some of the country’s brightest talent is at stake. We are hoping to convince the Ministry of the gravity of the situation,” Mr. Nachimuthu said.

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