Anupam Kher, at the age of 28, played role of a 65-year-old man in Saaransh, 1984 and made people sit up and take notice of his talent. However, the actor had a powerful start to his career, the path ahead was clearly not as rosy. Now, as Kher completes 35 years since Saaransh and readies for the launch of his new book, Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly, he looks at the journey so far with a lot of fondness.
He says - “What separates me from everyone else is that I still have sense of wonder. When I do this interview from the 30th floor of my building in USA, I wonder, ‘is he the same small boy from Shimla?’ I measure all my achievements by that standard”.
As it has been 35 years since Saaransh released, Anupam said that he will summarise it only after 30 years, not right now because he has just reached the interval of his life. He has plenty to gain and lots to learn. He has just come to understand what acting and life is all about. So, the time to give his best is now. All these years, he has tried to find a firm foothold.
About maintaining his outlook towards work and life, Anupam said it is not tough at all. You just have to decide to be happy and then practice it for a few months. Then, troubles will seem less troubling. It’s not that he has not had any ups-and-downs in his life or that he is immune to depression. In fact, he battled depression for a year-and-a half and was on medication. If you’re hell bent on being happy for three months, he can guarantee that even the biggest of tragedies will appear negligible, and the most little moments of happiness will appear bigger.
Anupam, about abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A from Jammu and Kashmir, said – “Article 370 was a problematic article. Why would you have such a ‘differentiating’ article in one nation?”