NEW DELHI, March 14 -- After professional commitments forced filmmaker Kiran Rao to step down from her position as chairperson of Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), actor Deepika Padukone was voted as her successor in January.

It's the first time a mainstream Bollywood actor has been chosen for heading a film festival body, and the industry is excited. Both experts and celebs see it as a welcome change and feel that Deepika's appointment might pave the way for more mainstream figures in influential positions.


MAMI director and film critic Anupama Chopra says, "Deepika graciously accepted it when the MAMI board put it to her that we would like her to be the chairperson. So, we're all very happy with her ap...