Mumbai, Sep 29: Acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has been appointed President of the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and Chairman of the institute’s governing council.
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, tweeted to confirm the news on Tuesday: “Happy to inform that renowned international film personality #ShekharKapur has been appointed as the President of FTII Society & Chairman of Governing Council of FTII. @[email protected]”
“Mr Kapur, who has a vast experience, will add more value to the Institute. I am sure everybody will welcome his appointment,” he added.
According to an Order issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Films Wing), and signed by Under Secretary (Films-II) Surajit Indu, Kapur’s tenure will last till March 3, 2023.
The director has made his mark in Hollywood as well as Bollywood. He started out as a filmmaker with “Masoom” in 1983. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Jugal Hansraj, the film was a critical and commercial success. Kapur would score a blockbuster at the box office with his 1987 release “Mr India”, starring Sridevi, Anil Kapoor and Amrish Puri.
The international acclaim he won with his hardhitting biopic of Phoolan Devi, “Bandit Queen”” in 1994, helped him take his craft to the West. He made his Hollywood directorial debut with the Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth” (1998), and went on to make “The Four Feathers” (2002), and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), besides directing a segment of the 2008 anthology, “New York, I Love You”.
Apart from direction, Kapur had a stint as a Bollywood actor with films like “Toote Khilone” (1978), “Falak” (1988), “Gawahi” (1989) and the TV series “Udaan” (1989-1991), among other works.