To celebrate completion of his 25 years in the film industry, noted actor Anupam Kher will host the premiere of his debut film 'Saaransh' on Sunday.
The premiere could not take place 25 years ago because of the Bhiwandi riots. Now, 25 years and 380 films later, Anupam wants to celebrate the beginning of his journey in films and relive the moments of a first time actor.
He has invited the film's director Mahesh Bhatt and co-stars Rohini Hattangadi and Soni Razdan for the premiere. According to the actor, 'Saaransh' gave him, a 28-year-old struggling actor then, a fresh lease of life. "I feel humbled and thankful to God that hard work and honesty had paid off," he said.
'Saaransh' is not just a film but a philosophy of life. Some films are timeless and 'Saaransh' is one of them, Anupam who played a 70-year-old character in the film, recalled fondly. "For 16 more years, I will be younger than my debut screen character," he said.
On the high and low points of his film career spanning a quarter of a century, Kher said both meant a lot to him. "As you grow older, you mature as a person and that is most important," he said.
Anupam said out of the 380 films he had done, he was proud to be a part of at least 50 movies, "Saaransh", "Lamhe", "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge", "Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara" and "a Wednesday" to name a few.
The actor said he was also proud of his acting school – Actor Prepares – and the new breed of actors coming out of the Institute. "Being a teacher has given me tremendous satisfaction. I still have the same enthusiasm for life and cinema," he said.
On criticism he received for being seen in mediocre films in the recent times, he said, "If one does good work, there is also mediocre work." Anupam will be next seen in Yash Raj Films' "Haddippa" and Karan Johar's "Wake up Sid" apart from films like "Hawai Dada" and "Sankat Stiti".
Kher, who turned director with the film "Om Jai Jagadish", said he was writing the script of his next film which will go on floors next year.