I always want to be recognized as an actor: Anupam Kher

While acting is his first love, Anupam Kher has had a soft corner for production as well. Having acted in about 482 films and more than 100 plays, the ‘bald’ actor said he has never shied away from looking like he does.

The actor has worked in films across genres like comedy, drama, thriller and romantic love stories. His list of film includes Darr, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Chaahat, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Veer-Zaara and many many more.

About a decade ago, Kher ventured into film direction with Om Jai Jagadish and following that has produced a sensitive film titled Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara where he played the lead role.

After a few hits and misses, Kher is now back to the production business, but on the smaller screen with a talk show titled The Anupam Kher Show – Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai which airs on Colors.

In an exclusive interaction with Anupam Kher, we get to know more about him, his work and about his new show.

Speaking about his show he said, “After my autobiographical play Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai and when I completed 300 shows I got good feedback from audience and thought of coming up with – The Anupam Kher Show which will be a chat show highlighting the trials and triumphs of celebrities”.

Kher is the owner of an acting school, writer and actor. On asking more about how difficult was it to work on his play he said, “After facing so many hardships in life, when I narrated my story to the audience on stage, they received it with open mind and arms. Every individual suffers from the fear of failure, but you can change your destiny only when you overcome it. I wanted youngsters to get inspired by people who have faced failures”.

The show has an impressive guest list, including Shah Rukh Khan, Mahesh Bhatt and Alia Bhatt, David Dhawan and Varun Dhawan, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut, Kapil Sharma and Naseeruddin Shah. Om Puri, Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and cricketer Yuvraj Singh will also be seen on the show.

“I thought  to come up with a concept which can inspire life of others. The show is a journey which will take you through the failures and success of all the known faces of the industry and the actors, also the show will talk about inspiring actors journey which will inspire life of their viewers and fans’, he added.

Speaking about the one important quality one needs to have in such a show, he said, he is not a judgmental person and feels that he doesn’t have right to judge people. “I am people’s person I know then and understand them”, he said.

While Kher’s better half – actress Kirron Kher is now also a politician; responding to whether he would join politics or not, he said, “I am not a politician! About 10-12 years back I wanted to be PM of the country… (laughs). I think as of now one MP in my home is fine. I always want to be recognized as an actor, will join politics later but have no plans as off now”. [By Ranjana Gupta | Twitter: @RGrightsreserve]


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