I don’t believe in the luck factor. I believe in seeking, exploring and hard work. It is only practice, persuasion and preservation that enables an ordinary person to become an extraordinary man,” emphasised Anupam Kher. The actor with over 500 films in 35 years to his credit was present at the inauguration of the sixth season of the 5th Veda Cultural Hub with about 600 students attending the acting workshop held at the Whistling Woods International (WWI) campus.
“You too can become extraordinary when you really work extra hard and differently from others and leave your audience surprised,” said the renowned actor while sharing anecdotes from his journey in the film industry. He shared stories about how he fought with Mahesh Bhatt to get the old man’s role in Saaransh to how he became a star by getting an opportunity to play a pivotal role in Karma.
Subhash Ghai, who is the founder and chairman of Whistling Woods, acknowledged the actor as a man with a great sense of humour and vast knowledge about cinema and life, while simultaneously possessing a warm child-like personality.
During the interaction with the filmmaker, he pointed out, “Most children belonging to small towns grow up with imagination, while children in cities grow up with targets and calculations. That’s why most of the finest artist have their roots grounded in small towns of India,” said Anupam.
He went on to share some great quotes of wisdom by his father, which he followed religiously to help him attain greater success in life.
On being questioned by a student about the secret behind his success, Anupam answered, “I don’t take myself seriously and that is my biggest strength.”
The talented actor also stressed on the importance of having a command on the language, be it in a play or onscreen. He encouraged the students to be able to read and speak in Hindi to be an actor in the Hindi language films, plays and television.