Thursday, September 21, 2006
Anupam Kher has proved his prowess in acting in his very first film Saaransh. And now, after more than a decade, he has done all kinds of roles both in Indian and International cinema. This week, Anupam Kher will take over the theatre screens in a whole new avatar of Mr. Khosla. The film Khosla Ka Ghosla is a comic tale about Mr. Kamal Kishore Khosla who invests his fortune in a plot of land which is taken over by Khurana played by Boman Irani. This story reminds Anupam Kher about his past, especially the houses that he lived in over the years.
Kher says that he grew up in Simla. His house was called Nabha house, which Anupam was told, belonged to the king of Nabha. The house was very beautiful and situated on a hill where one could just stand in the verandah and watch the beautiful hills and jungles around. However, the house was very old and needed repairs every year. Kher in fact says that this Nabha king's house which he lived in was so weak that if four people coughed at once, a brick would fall down. Later, he moved into the hostel of Punjab University where he studied for a year. Anupam Kher then got into NSD, where the college hostel was his home for three years.
One thrilling experience for Kher was living at a Dhobi Colony. Apparently, the dhoban landlady's husband was an alcoholic and would keep talking even in his sleep. Besides, when he managed to sleep, the vapors of caustic soda would wake him up in the early hours like 4:30am. It was only when he went to Lucknow to teach that he managed to get himself a decent room to live. But then, life played a game with him yet again. He managed to get himself a place at Zubeida Manzil. But later he learnt that the owners would rent the house only to a Muslim. Kher, who didn't want to let this one go, tried to play smart. He cut his beard like a Muslim guy and since he could also speak Urdu pretty fluently, he tried to deceive them. But Kher's plan fell flat when they asked him for his 'Isme Sharif'. Bang! The cat caught his tongue. Kher didn't know what on earth that meant. He later knew that they were actually just asking for his name. But Kher still managed to get the place since the landlords liked him by then.
And now, years after going through shocking yet adventurous experiences like these, Kher is all set to star in a film which talks about a man whose land is taken over by a stranger. Kher definitely must have had fun reliving those experiences.
Another side of Gandhigiri
Boman Irani still amazed with success