FROM the lovable, comic father in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge; to the ruthless villain and cold businessman in Karma and Rang De Basanti; to the stern father grappling with generational and cultural challenges in Bend It Like Beckham, legendary actor Anupam Kher has played more roles than almost any other actor.
At this special Indian Summer Festival event on Sunday, June 14 at SFU Woodward’s, Kher chats candidly about life in Bollywood and his forays into international cinema. Kher, the author of the motivational book The Best Thing About You is You! offers thoughts about celebrity, the masks that actors wear, and the clash of generations and cultures within the family.
The organizers said Om Puri was unable to join them as had originally been planned.
Kher’s career spans over three decades in Indian and international cinema, and he has appeared in over 400 films and plays. Kher is critically acclaimed for lending gravitas and depth to his roles: as a freedom fighter in 1942 Love Story; the good cop in Parinda; a pivotal role as a non-violent politician in Sarkar; an anti-terrorist intelligence agent in A Wednesday; a professor who thought he killed Gandhi in Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara; and as the cunning villain Dr. Dang in Karma.
His international breakthrough was in the coming-of-age film, Bend It Like Beckham, where he played a gruff patriarch coming up against a wall between generations and cultures. He’s played similar fatherly roles in Bride and Prejudice and Canadian film Breakaway, and recently co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, and Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children. Kher will have a recurring role in new Netflix series, Sense8, from the creators of The Matrix Trilogy debuting June 5.
Kher has won five Filmfare Awards for comic roles, and was honoured with the Padma Shri for his contribution to Indian cinema. He is an alumnus of the National School of Drama, and was its director between 2001 and 2004, and currently runs an acting school in Mumbai. Kher is married to critically acclaimed actor Kirron Kher.
“Anything Can Happen: An Evening with Anupam Kher” takes place on Sunday, June 14 at 6 p.m. at 149 West Hastings Street. Tickets are $25 for general seating and $50 for preferred seating.
Visit indiansummerfest.ca for info and tickets.