The controversial appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as a chairman of the governing council of FTII has sparked rows among alumni of this institute. Marathi filmmakers like Umesh Kulkarni, Girish Kulkarni, Ravi Jadhav, Avinash Arun and Abhijeet Panse declared their support to the FTII students against this appointment in a press conference.
The movement against this appointment has been going on for past two months, and has gained huge support from the film fraternity. Director Umesh Kulkarni said that, “when they had options like Gulzar, Rajkular Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Choopra, appointing Gajendra Chauhan is really sad”
Girish Kulkarni commented that government has to listen and understand the needs of the students and what FTII stands for in India.