FTII Chairman Gajendra Chauhan meets Mohan Bhagwat, says Bhagwat is a ‘father figure’


Mumbai : Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Thursday paid a visit to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat.  Sources in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh said Chauhan talked with Bhagwat for over half an hour and apprised him about the latest development at FTII where students are still opposing his appointment.

"Bhagwatji is a father figure for me and I came here to invite him for my son's marriage," said Chauhan after meeting. The appointment of Chauhan, best known for his portrayal of 'Yudhishthir' in Mahabharat, had raised a full blown war between the government and the opposition, especially the Congress.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had visited FTII in support of the students' agitation there against the appointment of Chauhan as its head. FTII students had gone on strike against Chauhan's appointment and several filmmakers had supported them on the issue. FTII students' association (FSA) had alleged that Chauhan lacked vision and stature to head FTII. However, the small time actor had the last laugh, after the students called off their 139-day-long strike in October 2015.