Actor Anupam Kher believes in pushing his limits, be it through his powerful performances or physical transformation, which has been getting a lot of attention lately.

“Unless you make yourself uncomfortable, how do you inspire yourself and others? Age is just a number. Nowadays everything is possible; you just need to discipline yourself and stay focused. So I decided to work on my fitness. My competition is not with people my age, but with the young,” says the 67-year-old.

The actor, last seen in The Kashmir files, continues: “I remember when my father retired at age 58, he went into retirement depression for three years. Fortunately, we have a profession where we don’t retire. I have a long inning to play and I have to I keep fit.”

Anupam Kher with his gym partner and co-actor Darshan Kumaar.  (Instagram)
Anupam Kher with his gym partner and co-actor Darshan Kumaar. (Instagram)

Kher, who is filming for his upcoming movies – The signature and Kaagaz 2 — in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), says he is just halfway through his acting career. “I started when I was 28 and played the part of a 65-year-old man. Now that I’m in my mid-sixties, I feel like I’ve just hit the interval of my career. I still have 20-25 years of work [left], if all goes well with my health and memory. That’s the nice thing about this profession,” he says.

In addition to working on his fitness, Kher also tries to take on roles that challenge him as an actor. He believes that people should make their work difficult so that the results are better. He shares: “After doing so much work, I have understood what the nuances of acting can be. Now I choose only those projects that I want to do. I completed (filmmaker) Sooraj Barjatya’s Unnchai with Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan (actor) and Boman (Irani; actor), Sankalp Reddy’s wrapped (director) IB71 with (actor) Vidyut Jammwal, completed a Tamil film and now I am working on two Hindi films.”

Anupam Kher in a mechanic avatar.
Anupam Kher in a mechanic avatar.

About what changed after his movie is clocked 350 crores, he says, “On a personal level, it is the belief that his entire galaxy is not based on the typical heroes. With film like TKF, with me in the lead role, I can come up with something and break any film record. From the Hindi movie point of view, it’s the number one movie this year – if we don’t consider it RRR, KGF etc. But the irony of the situation is that logon ki 20 crore ke film chalti hai to the main cover of the magazine latge hain aur poster chapte hai. Par yeh system bhi tootega, dheere-dheere … it must! So that triumph is there. However, I firmly believe that talent has nothing to do with how much business a film does.”

He says he signed TKF in a fourth of his fee, because of the subject, and hopes that, now after a blockbuster, “the creators will reward me and Darshan (Kumaar). As Kartik Aaryan was rewarded with 4.7 crore car (after success of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2)‘ he says with a smile.

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