It is now an official news now that Film Maker Shekhar Kapur is new president of FTII.
This news got confirmed just a few hours back by the official leading national news agency handle itself where they tweeted that film maker Shekhar Kapur is new president of FTII.
Now new people are being appointed in important positions like recently just a few weeks ago iconic actor Paresh Rawal got appointed as the head of the National School Of Drama. Joining this list is now the critically acclaimed director and film maker Shekhar Kapur.
Shekhar Kapur is a well-known and a brilliant director of our Indian film industry who is best known for giving us cinematic masterpieces in the form of films like Mr India, Masoom and Bandit Queen.
This news was released officially on Tuesday where the ministry of information and broadcasting, announced that Shekhar Kapur will take over from television producer BP Singh who was appointed in 2018. As per news media reports, Kapur’s tenure and term will be till 3rd March 2023.
However, the FTII twitter handle has not yet made any sorts of an official announcement regarding the same.
FTII is considered to be one of India’s best and top institutes for training in cinema and television. Their alumni board includes notable stalwart actors like Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi among others.
Leading digital national news agency had tweeted about the same on their twitter handle thereby officially confirming this new development. Their tweet read, “Director Shekhar Kapur has been appointed as the new president of FTII Society and Chairman of FTII Governing Council”.
The 74-year-old filmmaker and director got awarded the Padma Shri in 2000 and is very famous for giving our indian cinema some of the most cult and finest cinematic films like Mr India, Masoom and Bandit Queen among others.
Not only limiting himself to directing films for indian cinema, film maker Shekhar Kapur has also acted as well as produced several projects. He is also noted for his remarkable and valuable contribution to the International cinema.
His 1998 film Elizabeth, which was loosely inspired and based on the life of Queen Elizabeth, even got him the prestigious BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film. His this film ‘Elizabeth’ was also nominated for a Golden Globe. Whereas, ‘Bandit Queen’ won a National Award for best feature film in Hindi in 1994.
Bollywood veterans like Vinod Khanna, Girish Karnad, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal and Mahesh Bhatt have also previously held this prestigious position at the FTII.