Anupam Kher says he is ready to return to directing

Anupam Kher says he is ready to return to directing

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Beloved Indian actor Anupam Kher (“The Silver Linings Playbook”, “New Amsterdam”) has had a great 2022 on screen. This year’s credits include three successful Indian films – “Kashmir Files”, “Karthikeya 2” and “Uunchai” – but now the familiar face says he’s ready to get back behind the camera.

Speak against Variety on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Kher said, “I would love to direct. After a long time, a story has occurred to me. My niece is autistic and I have a story about a grandfather and his autistic granddaughter living together. I already have a rough texture. Once I’ve written the script, I might start at the end of this year or next year.

Such a move would come twenty years after his feature film debut, 2002’s “Om Jai Jagadish”.

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To that end, he closes this year with the release of the Tamil horror “Connect” (December 2022), in which Kher plays a priest who performs an exorcism via Zoom.

He also plans to film “Calorie” by Canadian filmmaker Eisha Marjara, which was screened at Film Bazaar co-production in 2016. Produced by Joe Balass of Compass Productions and Filmoption International, it is an intergenerational story about three women. whose past lives collide during an emotionally crowded summer trip to India. “It’s a very good script. Unfortunately it’s delayed, but I’ll get to that. It will be filmed in Canada and India,” Kher said.

Due to personal reasons, Kher had to terminate his contract with the NBC medical series ‘New Amsterdam’. But he has his hands full with projects in India. Besides ‘Connect’, he has produced and starred in Gajendra Ahire’s ‘Signature’ which, he recently tweeted, is his 525th film.

Kher will also appear in ‘IB71’ directed by Sankalp Reddy, Satish Kaushik’s ‘Kaagaz 2’, Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Emergency’ and a web series by Neeraj Pandey.

“I think I’m doing my best work right now,” said the 67-year-old. “I am very proud of the films (‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun?’) that I have made which also represent Indian cinema. But after the pandemic, the success of ‘Kashmir Files’, ‘Karthikeya 2’ and ‘Uunchai’ proves that the public wants something completely different,” Kher said. Variety.

When asked how he felt about being described as “veteran” or “thespian,” Kher said, “I hate it. It’s their way of saying you’ve done enough. But I know my abilities now. Rather you have more to prove. Now I make my job difficult. Only when you make it difficult for your work can you look at a role from different angles. I discovered that competence is the greatest enemy of genius. When you’ve done so much work, you feel like you know everything, and that’s a dangerous situation.”

Kher gave a Masterclass on ‘Performing for Screen and Theatre’ at IFFI 2022.

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