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The Eternal Optimist

Multi-faceted actor Anupam Kher, who has mentored several star aspirants talks about his belief in the philosophy of Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, which he is all set to take forward with a television show.

Mumbai |
Updated: June 6, 2014 1:00:15 am
Anupam Kher Anupam Kher

By Siddhi Pathak

Q. 1 You are producing a show to be aired on Colors and hosting it too. What is it all about?

Called The Anupam Kher Show – Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, the show is derived from the philosophy of my play by the same name, and is an inspirational success story that also talks about failure. It’s a very positive show which induces hope, because of the conversations and the points made, while talking about success stories.

Q. 2 What kind of success stories will you talk about?

These success stories are not perfect and are those that have also seen failure. They, in fact, look at the power of failure. It’s a show that will talk about the journey of various successful people, including the obstacles that came in their way and how they overcame them because of their survival instinct.

Q. 3 Why did you decide to get into television production?

My acting academy (Actor Prepares, Mumbai) has already produced a short film titled I Went Shopping For Robert De Niro. I wanted to get into production in general. When this show came up, I decided to host it as well. As a company, we want to make meaningful cinema and meaningful shows.

Q. 4 Does the show project your personal views towards life?

The show reflects my philosophy in life, that we don’t have to stand in a place and be boastful or merely talk about the success stories of people. We need to go beyond that because the country is going through a very aspirational phase right now. There is positivity and hope all around. My aim is to spread this hope to the masses and Colors, with its amazing reach, can help me to do that. That is the main objective behind the show.

Q. 5 Will you showcase your experiences on the show as well?

I have seen both, success and failure in my career spanning 30 years. When I look back at my life, it’s been a sum total of my survival instinct and my courage. That’s the kind of message I want to spread. We will be looking at people who have made it big and what worked for them.

Q. 6 What inspired you to first stage a play and then make a show like this?

It’s the belief of kuch bhi ho sakta in life. My play starts with the lines, ‘Agar ek langoti wala aadmi bina kisi astra-shastra ke desh ko azaad kara sakta hai, toh kuch bhi ho sakta hai. 28 saal jail mein rehne ke baad, agar Nelson Mandela ussi desh ka rashtrapati ban sakta hai, toh kuch bhi ho sakta hai’. This philosophy of kuch bhi ho sakta is something I deeply believe in. I’ve also conducted a programme espousing this philosophy.

Q. 7 How similar or different is the play from the television show?

The play is my autobiography, but the show is about other people’s lives. It talks about what they have done over a period of time, their achievements and their philosophy in life.

Q. 8 Talking about achievements is easily, but is it tough to speak about failures?

It’s not always easy to open up about the not-so perfect parts. But I think there is a normal person in everybody, with humanity and we are enlightened about the other side of them. This is a platform where they will be able to talk about what they think and the audiences will get to know the real person behind the story.

Q. 9 You have always done distinctive things that have set you apart. Comment.

I have always believed in doing things that are unconventional. I was 28 when I played the role of a 65-year-old man in Saaransh. I was the first one to break the myth of casting and did films like Karma, Daddy, Ram Lakhan, Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahi, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. I’m an actor who opened an acting school, even when I am still active in my profession. I’ve also written a very successful book, which is now in its 14th edition and the book is not about acting, it’s about life and is called The Best Thing About You Is You. I think because of the social media, people already have various platforms to talk about themselves. So that will really be interesting.

Q. 10 In what way will the show impact people?

The show has a soul that will reach out to people. It’s about honesty, hope and aspiration. It’s about making people strive for something. It’s about a small-town boy who came to Mumbai and met people and got trained. I knew that I would make it but what set me apart from the others is the approach towards my work. I’m an eternal optimist and I always keep my hope alive, wherever I go.

 

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