Producer-director Brijendra Pal Singh has been appointed as the new President of the Film & Television Institution of India (FTII) society and chairman of the institute’s governing council. He is currently designated as the vice-chairman of FTII.
He replaces actor Anupam Kher, who resigned in October citing commitments to an international TV show for which he has to be stationed in the US for nine months from 2018 to 2019 and then for more three years.
B P Singh, best known as the director and producer of popular television series CID, has been nominated by the Information & Broadcasting ministry.
Singh’s tenure will be for the remaining period of block of three years starting from March 4, 2017 as per provisions of the Film & Television Institution of India rules, according to the ministry’s official statement.
Singh is an FTII alumnus of 1970-73 batch who specialised in film cinematography and earned his reputation as producer-director of crime drama CID, which recently completed a record of 21 years unbroken run on Sony TV.
The day after the news of his appointment came out, the CID director stated that he is “ready to take the charge of the film institute”.
He said the appointment has come as a surprise. “I have to admit that the news that I had been selected as the new chairman of the institute came as a surprise. I have been getting calls so I checked with the FTII.”
There were reports of actor Gulshan Grover being offered the post. But FTII, an autonomous body, chose Singh over him. “There were reports of Gulshan Grover being offered the post so I wasn’t sure but within a short span, I got a call with the offer and there was no reason to refuse it,” Singh said.
In 2004, Singh made it to the Limca Book of Records for taking a single continuous shot of 111 minutes to mark the completion of six years of ‘CID’.
Talking about his new responsibility as FTII Chairman, in an interview with a leading daily, Singh revealed that he is having an academic council meeting with the FTII society’s officials on December 18, where they are reportedly discussing issues concerning the FTII. They will review the syllabus that was introduced three years ago. They will also discuss with students who have completed the course with the new syllabus and plan to set up a committee of educationists who will monitor the entire syllabus planning that if there are any faults in it or if it needs updating.
Singh also promised to attend all academic meetings and governing council meetings that take place every three months.
He also emphasised on the syllabus planning and asserts, “The first priority is the syllabus and to provide as many facilities to students as possible.”
“Earlier, I had proposed a corpus fund for ex-students because once they pass out it is difficult for them to get finance for their documentaries and films. It becomes a difficult task even if one has good ideas. I had started by putting in Rs 1 lakh and a request to corporate houses to produce these films. But unfortunately, the plan didn’t take place. Now, having plan to implement the idea again in the next six-seven months,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the new FTII chairman Brijendra Pal Singh revealed that he has plans to bring back the popular TV series CID but viewers have to wait.