Filmmaker Saeed Mirza to head FTII SocietyNews — By The Desk on March 25, 2011 at 10:36 AM
Times of India: The Government has reconstituted Society of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune for a period of three years with effect from March 4, 2011. According to a statement issued by the ministry of information and broadcasting, eminent filmmaker, Saeed Mirza has been nominated as the president of the FTII Society and chairman of its governing council, while a host of new members, alumni, representatives of the union government, and film and television industries, have also been appointed.
Ex-officio members of the society include joint secretary (Films), ministry of I&B or his/her nominee not below the rank of deputy secretary; chief executive officer, Prasar Bharati or his/her nominee not below the rank of deputy director general; additional secretary and financial adviser, Ministry of I&B or his/her nominee not below the rank of deputy secretary; chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC); managing director of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC); chief producer at Films Division, Mumbai; director of National School of Drama (NSD); director of Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC); director, National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune; director of FTII, Pune, and director of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata.
Experts representing the union government who are also members of FTII Society include, joint secretary, Ministry of Culture; Leela Samson, chairperson, Sangeet Natak Akademi, and director general, Doordarshan.
Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, theatre personality Ratan Thiyyam, broadcast news producer, Shazi Zaman, writer-filmmaker Rajiv Mehrotra, actor Rama Vij, photogrpaher Benoy Behl, and founder of SPICMACAY Kiran Seth, are members in the category of ‘persons of eminence connected with films and television education, journalism, literature, fine arts, dramatics, performing arts, etc.’
FTII alumni are also members of this society and include Subhash Chandra Sahoo, actors Zareena Wahab and Raza Murad, and editor-director Rajkumar Hirani.
“I would not like to say anything at the moment,” said Mirza when asked about his plans.