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Actor Anupam Kher has been there, done it all — from Bollywood to Hollywood. His secret of survival over the decades, he would tell you, lies in his knack at identifying with the youth.
“I always see myself in the new people. That is why I understand them. I try to be kind and compassionate to them. I came to this city on the 3rd of June, 1981, which is 40 years back. This is a very dignified bald look. To come at a time in the early ’80s, when half my hair was coming out from here and from there, and I was so thin that I could see through a keyhole with both my eyes! At that time, to dare to be an actor in cinema was unheard of,” he recalls, while speaking to IANS.
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He says his early struggle was tough, and he hopes no one has to go through it.
“What kept me going was that I was a gold medallist from drama school. I don’t wish anyone the tough times I had, whether it was sleeping on the railway platform or not getting food. But now there are so many avenues — TV shows, casting offices, casting directors. Back then, it was unheard of. People would tell me, ‘Why don’t you become a writer or an assistant director? An actor? You don’t have hair!’,” he recalls.
Kher was recently on the jury panel for the BAFTA Breakthrough India Initiative, which selected 10 winners from the fields of television, films, and games.
Talking about the initiative, he says: “It is about talented Indian people who are recipients of this fellowship and award. That makes me feel proud, responsible and wonderful to be part of this jury.” ( IANS/GA)
The 2016 blockbuster, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, was released four years ago on this day. The film starring the late Sushant Singh Rajput was a huge hit upon release, and on Wednesday fans took to social media to recall how beautifully the late actor had portrayed the role of the former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biopic.
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“#OnThisDay 2016, MS Dhoni The Untold story released. We all went in as Dhoni Fan came out as Sushant Fan. Miss you Sushant,” a user tweeted.
“I watched MS Dhoni: the untold story as a fan of Mahi. After watching, it made me a biggest fan of SSR.. Our reel Mahi,” another user wrote on the microblogging site.
Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the sports drama became one of the biggest hits of 2016. The film also starred Kiara Advani, Disha Patani and Anupam Kher.
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Last year, when the film turned three, Sushant had walked down memory lane and shared how he prepared to become Dhoni on screen.
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“3 years of #msdhonitheuntoldstory.I got up this morning and looked at myself through your eyes, and then looked back at you, with everything I understood I was. #selfmusing,”
Sushant had posted on Instagram account along with a video of him practising cricket for the role.
Sushant breathed his last on June 14. Currently, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) are investigating his death. (IANS)
Bollywood celebrities like Anupam Kher, Salim-Sulaiman and Sukhwinder Singh have joined hands for a song that salutes artistes, technicians and workers of film and TV industries.
The song “Hum kalaakar hain” is the brainchild of Ashoke Pandit, with music composed by Salim-Sulaiman and brought to life with the lyrics and voice of Sukhwinder Singh. It has voiceover by Anupam Kher.
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“On behalf of @iftda_, & @ashokepandit #HumKalakaarHain is a salute to every artist, technician & worker of our Film & Tv industry. Song Composed & produced by @salimmerchant @sulaima written & sung by #SukhwinderSingh. Do watch & share. #Hope,” tweeted Anupam.
The music video was released by filmmakers like Subhash Ghai, Madhur Bhandarkar and Anand Pandit.
“Each and every producer in the film industry right now is more than grateful for the unyielding support we have received from the various unassuming people in the industry, who have stood by us through the tough times. Every person who is part of a film makes it what is it and enables us to tell stories that live beyond ages. If anything, this pandemic has brought us closer together in unity and gratitude, and this video is a tribute to their unending spirit which shapes our industry against the immovable foundation of the city of Mumbai,” said producer Anand Pandit. (IANS)
Veteran actor Anupam Kher says he is proud of his past and his work, but doesnt believe in living on the laurels he has achieved.
For the actor, success is not what you have achieved as an artist, but what you have achieved as a person.
“I consciously decided two years back that I will start from the scratch. When I came to New York, I consciously decided that I will forget what I have done all these years, let people remember that. I am thankful to all that but I will start from scratch,” Anupam told IANS.
“From that point of view, it is my second year in the industry, and I still have a lot to do. I am proud of my past, my work but I am not the person who will live on laurels of what I have achieved. Or let’s say that two years back I decided that after interval, now the journey starts. I have the knowledge. I have the wisdom of what I have learnt all these years and I can apply that to what I am going to do. I am happy the kind of person I have turned out to be … That is the most important thing,” he added.
The “New Amsterdam” star continued: “Success is not what you have achieved as your laurels or your awards… Success is what you have achieved as a person and whether you can motivate other people or become an example of that for other people.”
The actor, who currently resides in New York, turned 65 on March 7. This year, he spent his birthday with his friend, the Hollywood legend Robert De Niro.
“I treat my birthday as a way of expressing my gratitude to people have helped me get here, people who gave me happiness, to my parents, to my loved ones and friends. I treat my birthday as a gratitude day rather than having parties.” (IANS)