Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha: Yoga belongs to India and is a part of our culture, says actor Anupam Kherhttps://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/mera-woh-matlab-nahin-tha-yoga-belongs-to-india-and-is-a-part-of-our-culture-says-actor-anupam-kher-2807913/

Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha: Yoga belongs to India and is a part of our culture, says actor Anupam Kher

So absorbed he is in his acting that Kher said all the talk about him going to Rajya Sabha is speculative and years away.

Actors Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta stage a play, Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha, at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday.  Jasbir Malhi
Veteran artist Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta stage the play Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha at Tagore theater in Chandigarh on Wednesday, May 18  2016. Express photo by Jasbir Malhi

If there is one thing actor Anupam Kher has in abundance, apart from his acting talent of course, is his ability to deliver an opinion.

Here’s a man of many words and he certainly minces nones. In Chandigarh for his play, Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha, which was staged at Tagore Theatre on Wednesday evening, Kher was all ears on subject ranging from his wife, Kirron Kher, Rishi Kapoor’s tweets on yoga.

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Written by actor Rakesh Bedi, the play has been inspired from a real life experience Bedi had during a flight. “My co-passenger, a widow, was travelling to meet her lover, and I found that fascinating for she was touching base with him after a long time, So the play too has a couple reuniting after 35 years,” said Bedi, whose play has Kher and Neena Gupta in the lead.

The play has been running for a year and this is its 92nd show.

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Kher said how he asked Kirron to watch the play as a wife and not the chief guest. “I get jittery when family sits in the front row. So, I have asked her to take the seat in the third or fourth row,” said Kher.

So absorbed he is in his acting that Kher said all the talk about him going to Rajya Sabha is speculative and years away. But what is trending are his tweets aligned with those of Rishi Kapoor’s.

“I believe Rishi has a right to express his opinion. That doesn’t mean he is affiliated to any party or is pleasing one or antagonising another,” said Kher.

Kapoor, in a trail of tweet, has questioned the practise of naming major assets of the country after Gandhi family members

during the Congress rule. Terming his tweets as a genuine thought, Kher said he agrees with Kapoor.

“Why not name places after freedom fighters for starters,” said Kher.

With the Yoga Day round the corner in Chandigarh on June 21, Kher, who practises yoga, said while he won’t be here in the city, he will observe it in Mumbai.

Asked about the controversy surrounding the utterance of ‘Om’ with yoga asanas, he said: “I cannot understand the fuss about it. If you feel like saying anything else, you should say that. The word Om has nothing to do with religion. It’s an Indian expression. Yoga belongs to India and is a part of our culture.”

That his last film, Vivek Agnihotri’s Buddha in a Traffic Jam got slammed doesn’t perturb Kher.

“People are going to watch it as a right wing political film. It is not. It was made three-and-a- half years back and I ahve approached it as an actor,” said Kher.

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What does bother him is the increase in negative news. “The frequency of negative news has increased, making everyone feel Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responsible for everything. They demand answers from him. Well somebody has to work and he is doing a good job and I like that,” said Kher.

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For Chandigarh, Kher added he has plans to bring more theatre in the city and establish it too. “But we will talk about it when it happens,” he said.