FTII issue will be resolved soon: Aamir Khan

Joining the list of celebrities supporting the cause of the students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan today expressed the hope that the issue would be resolved soon.

Talking to a TV channel, the actor urged the Government to understand the issues being raised by the students.

At the same time he expressed hope of an early resolution of the dispute.

"I'm hopeful that the matter will be resolved soon," the actor said on the agitation by the FTII students, who have been protesting for nearly three months against the appointment of the television actor Gajendra Chauhan as head of the FTII.

The students have been on a protest for the last nearly three months against the appointment of Mr Chauhan as FTII head. Recently, several FTII students went on a hunger strike in protest against his appointment. The hunger-strike entered the fifth-day today.

The agitating resorted to indefinite hunger strike on Thursday claiming that they had been left with no other option because of the "apathy" shown by the government to the issues raised by them including that of setting up a 'transparent mechanism" to select the FTII chairman. They have also alleged that Chauhan lacks "credentials and vision" to head the premier institute expected to give a direction to film making in the country.

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