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Indian Cinema Holds a Special Place in The Heart of Anupam Kher

Like Anupam always says, "Kucch bhi ho sakta hai (anything can happen)", seeing his journey so far, he wonders how god has forever been kind to him

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History will not misjudge Manmohan Singh: Anupam. Flickr

From working in Indian films for over three decades to achieving global fame with several international projects, veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is currently in the US shooting for his new American series “New Amsterdam”, says he can never overlook Indian cinema for foreign projects.

“It feels good when I get recognition for my international movies and shows, but for me, my own (Indian) cinema is very much important. When I am in some foreign country, I always introduce myself as, ‘I am an international actor from India’.

“Being an Indian actor, I cannot overlook our cinema. And I feel there is no dearth of South Asian actors in world cinema because it completely depends upon the person whether he/she wants to act in international projects or not. Our Indian cinema is self-sufficient in its own way,” Anupam Kher told IANS over phone from New York.

After playing pivotol roles in Oscar-nominated Hollywood movies like “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Big Sick”, the 63-year-old is currently working in medical drama “New Amsterdam”.

According to Anupam, he has “reinvented” himself by essaying the role of Vijay Kapoor in the show.

Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher, flickr

“Through ‘New Amsterdam’, one of the main things I have learnt is the relationship between doctors and patients. For this show, we are shooting in a real hospital, so I often get a chance to meet patients and doctors. Interacting with the patients made me understand the real value of relations and emotions.

“Now I know what families go through if their loved ones are battling with some illness. I am evolving as a person with this project.”

As the show is already on air and is garnering great response from viewers, Anupam Kher considers this project a “huge achievement”.

Like Anupam Kher always says, “Kucch bhi ho sakta hai (anything can happen)”, seeing his journey so far, he wonders how god has forever been kind to him.

Be it his negative role in “Dushmani” or his comic avatar in “Haseena Maan Jayegi”, the versatile actor, who has been entertaining people with his performances for over 30 years. He has also been feted with civilian honours like the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.

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Anupam Kher (Wikimedia Common)

“A young boy from Shimla who dreamt of becoming an actor, successfully paved a path in Bollywood and is now working in Hollywood. What else could I have asked for? I feel blessed that god has always been kind to me. This project has given me a different kind of achievement. I always wanted to do something different and now I have reinvented and explored my new side with ‘New Amsterdam’,” he added.

Apart from his international projects, Anupam Kher is also preparing for his next Hindi film “The Accidental Prime Minister”, a biopic based on the life of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Anupam Kher, who plays Manmohan Singh in the film, underwent transformation to get into the role. He says it is one of the most challenging roles he has ever done.

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The actor said: “It took 4-5 months to make my body language similar to Manmohanji and a complete month for having control over my voice. It was not like ‘Go inside (the make-up room) and come out (dressed) as Manmohan Singh’. The character demanded huge hard work and I tried my best to play the role with sincerity and conviction.

“Portraying Dr Manmohan Singh’s life on-screen was like a scientist working on his/her discoveries and theories because it is not easy to represent someone who is known by the world. Manmohan Singh is a politician and leader of this generation. People know everything about him. I hope I have done justice to his character.” (IANS)

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Important For Public Figures to Have Sense of Responsibility, Says Anupam Kher

"I have a Hindi film called 'One Day' directed by Ashok Nanda. It is coming up sometime in May. It is a thriller," he shared

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Anupam Kher (Wikimedia Common)

Veteran actor Anupam Kher says that it is important for public personalities to have a sense of responsibility.

Anupam on Saturday treated his fans with a Q&A session on Twitter, where a user asked him if public figures (actors and sportspersons) are role models. Should they always be held to the highest degree of moral and ethical standards or given a more lenient treatment as they are also imperfect like anyone else?

“It is very important for public figures to have a sense of responsibility,” he replied.

Another user asked the actor if he could tweet in support of actress-filmmaker Kangana Ranaut’s latest release “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi”.

Anupam called Kangana a rockstar.

“She is brilliant. I applaud her courage and performances. She is also the real example of women empowerment,” he said.

Talking about his favourite scene from the 1995 film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, he said: “My scene with Shah Rukh Khan about celebrating failure.”

Anupam Kher
Anupam Kher (Wikimedia Commons)

A Twitterati said that “Uri: The Surgical Strike” overshadowed his film “The Accidental Prime Minister”.

“So what? I am so happy about it. Josh over behosh,” he replied, with a smiling emoji.

Asked what made him take up the medical series “New Amsterdam”, he replied: “Challenge of acting in an English language series. I think in Hindi. Also ‘New Amsterdam’ is an amazing series to be part of.”

Talking about what film’s failure bugged him the most, he said after the 1991 film “Lamhe” did not do well at the box office when it was released, he was disappointed.

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“But now it is considered to be a cult classic. Maybe it came before its time,” he added.

What’s next for Anupam?

“I have a Hindi film called ‘One Day’ directed by Ashok Nanda. It is coming up sometime in May. It is a thriller,” he shared. (IANS)