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R Madhavan Replaces Shekhar Kapur as FTII President After National Award Win

R Madhavan Replaces Shekhar Kapur as FTII President After National Award Win

The Information & Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Thakur, has officially announced R Madhavan as the new President of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. This appointment follows R Madhavan’s recent National Award win, adding another milestone to his illustrious career in the film industry

Just days after securing the National Award for Best Film for his directorial debut, “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” R Madhavan has achieved another remarkable milestone. He has been appointed as the new President of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), taking over from filmmaker Shekhar Kapur in this prestigious position.


R Madhavan Replaces Shekhar Kapur as FTII President
R Madhavan Replaces Shekhar Kapur as FTII President


The news of Madhavan’s appointment as President of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) was shared by Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on social media, specifically on X (formerly Twitter). In his tweet, Minister Thakur extended his heartfelt congratulations to Madhavan and also mentioned his new role as Chairman of the governing council at FTII.

He expressed confidence in Madhavan’s extensive experience and strong ethics, anticipating that they would bring positive changes and elevate the institution. Madhavan, in response, reposted Anurag’s tweet and expressed his gratitude, promising to do his utmost to meet the expectations placed upon him.



The official Instagram account of FTII also shared and reposted the two tweets, further spreading the news and celebration.

FTII, located in Pune, Maharashtra, operates under the jurisdiction of the Central Government’s Information & Broadcasting Ministry. Founded in 1960, the institute offers a range of courses encompassing film editing, direction, cinematography, audiography, acting, art direction, as well as computer graphics and animation.

Shekhar Kapur held the position of FTII President before R Madhavan’s appointment. Over the years, FTII has been led by notable figures such as actor Roshan Taneja, cartoonist RK Laxman, and filmmakers like Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mahesh Bhatt, BP Singh, Saeed Akhtar Mirza. It has also been chaired by accomplished actors including Girish Karnad, Vinod Khanna, Gajendra Chauhan, Anupam Kher, and screenwriter UR Ananthamurthy.

Notable alumni from FTII include renowned actors such as Jaya Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Raza Murad, Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Mukesh Khanna, Rajkummar Rao, Danny Denzongpa, Rakesh Bedi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Satish Kaushik, and Tom Alter, among others, who have made significant contributions to the Indian film and entertainment industry.

R Madhavan is a prominent actor in both the Tamil and Hindi film industries. His Tamil cinema journey began in the year 2000 with the romantic film “Alaipayuthey,” directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Mani Ratnam. Soon after, in 2001, he ventured into Bollywood, making his debut alongside Dia Mirza in the cult romantic movie “Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein,” helmed by Gautham Vasudev Menon.

In addition to his acting career, Madhavan took on the role of a director in the film “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” where he portrayed the character of former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan. This remarkable venture earned him his first National Award for Best Film, solidifying his position as a multifaceted talent in the Indian film industry.

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Actor R Madhavan, who directed and co-wrote his 2022 passion project “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” achieved a significant milestone as the film was honored with the Best Feature Film Award at the 69th National Awards. This accolade marked an incredibly exciting and euphoric moment for the multi-talented artist, celebrating the recognition of his directorial debut on a national stage.

In a recent development, R. Madhavan’s directorial debut, “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” has earned the esteemed Best Feature Film Award at the 69th National Awards. This achievement stands as an incredibly exciting and euphoric moment for the multi-talented artist, who not only directed but also acted in and co-wrote the film.

Madhavan shared his experience, stating, “We were looking at the awards and keeping our fingers crossed, and until the very end, we had not won anything, so we had almost given up hope. However, when the last announcement came, I think the rocket just lifted off, and we had a blast. It was the most satisfying feeling, and we felt completely honored and appreciated.” This achievement brought immense joy and recognition to the team behind the film.

“Rocketry: The Nambi Effect” is a biographical film centered around the life of aerospace engineer Nambi Narayanan, portraying his struggles and achievements. When asked about dedicating the national award, Madhavan emphasized that it belongs to one person, Padma Bhushan Nambi Narayanan Ji, who brought together the exceptional team behind “Rocketry.” Their primary goal was to witness happiness and vindication in Nambi sir’s life, and that objective has now been fulfilled. Nambi sir’s newfound recognition has brought joy to his household, with the film’s team feeling immensely grateful to the National Awards jury and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for this honor.

Madhavan, a multifaceted talent who wore the hats of actor, director, and co-writer for “Rocketry,” shared the driving force behind his decision to create this film. He explained, “When I met Nambi Narayanan sir, I knew that I had to write it because very few people understood the technology as well as the engineering behind his achievement. At the same time, I understood exactly what he has gone through because I’ve seen the dignity he possesses. So, understanding him motivated me to write the script.”

Explaining his decision to assume multiple roles in the production, Madhavan provided further insight, saying, “I wanted to produce it because there were not many producers willing to take a chance on a subject like this. I chose to act in it because an uncanny resemblance emerged between him and me when we both grew our beards. After dyeing it, I realized there was an uncanny resemblance, which proved to be crucial for the screenplay.” This remarkable resemblance played a pivotal role in bringing the character to life on screen.

Those who have seen the film will understand what I’m seeing, and most importantly, being the producer and the director, I didn’t have to worry about having hostile producers, actors, main leads, or writers because apparently all of them were the best of friends.” This approach allowed him to create the film with a supportive and cohesive team.

For Madhavan, bringing “Rocketry” to fruition was an exceptionally rewarding experience. He shared his sentiments, stating, “To have control over the emotions of the audience while they’re watching the film is one of the greatest privileges of being a storyteller or a director. And with Rocketry, I was fortunate enough to experience a lot of that every time.”

He went on to elaborate, “It’s a great sense of satisfaction when what you expect the audience will do, what you envisage while writing it, shooting it, acting it, and editing it happens on the screen. So, I could see the audience laugh when I wanted them to. I could see them teary-eyed when I wanted them to. I could see them sitting there, aghast when I wanted them to.” Madhavan concluded with a deep sense of fulfillment derived from this creative journey.

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