Anupam Kher’s Story Will Encourage You To Not Give Up On Your Dreams

Jahnavi Patel , 16 Jul 2019
Anupam Kher (Source: Instagram | @anupampkher)
Anupam Kher (Source: Instagram | @anupampkher)

When we look at an actor’s life, all we think about is their popularly and fame. But the truth is, there is a lot of hard work and struggle that has gone behind it. Almost every actor started from the bottom and reached where he/she is today because of sheer hard work. Anupam Kher is definitely one such actor.

If we take a look at the over-500 films that he’s been a part of, we can say one thing without a doubt, he is one of the finest actors in the industry. From being the funny man in movies to portraying the villainous roles to perfection and also being #FatherGoals, every character that he’s played, he has made sure to make it memorable. But do you know there has been a big struggle to reach where he is today?

Anupam Kher narrated his story to Humans Of Bombay and it is nothing short of inspiring. “When I was young, I asked my grandfather why we were so happy despite being poor. He said, ‘Happiness is our cheapest luxury’. My dad was very optimistic–when I ranked 59 out of 60 in school, he said I could always do better next time! It was this celebration of failures that made me unstoppable,” he shared. He also shared how he loved the stage and wanted to act full time. But once he came to Mumbai, there were days when he would sleep on platforms and live on beaches.

He was soon offered a role in a Mahesh Bhatt film but he was later told that he was replaced. Not the one to give up, he met Mahesh and told him that no one could do the role as good as him. And then, as they say, is history. 

Read his entire story below:

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“When I was young, I asked my grandfather why we were so happy despite being poor. He said, ‘Happiness is our cheapest luxury’. My dad was very optimistic–when I ranked 59 out of 60 in school, he said I could always do better next time! It was this celebration of failures that made me unstoppable. I got my calling when I acted in a play in 9th grade. I couldn't say my lines well, so they were given to someone else. But during the play, he forgot to say them! So I made something up in my broken English–the audience was in splits! I loved being on stage & wanted to act full time. I saw an Ad for a course in Chandigarh & needed Rs.100 for the audition. I stole it from my mom & told her I was going for a picnic. Thankfully, I was accepted! So I went to Chandigarh to study acting. I was a teacher for 2 years, before I saw an ad that a drama school in Mumbai was hiring. When I got here, I realised they had no money–they gave me a small space to teach & a tiny room to stay. I didn’t want to go back a failure. So I taught there, while auditioning & performing in plays. It was hard–at one point I had no work, money or help. I had to live on beaches & sleep on platforms. I didn’t want to worry my parents, so I wrote to my granddad that I wanted to come back. But he replied, ‘A man who’s already drenched in water, shouldn’t be scared of rains’–I didn’t give up! It’s good that I didn't, because soon, I got a role in a Mahesh Bhatt film. I got money & a place to stay. But later, I was told I was replaced. I called Mahesh Bhatt & he said it was true. I couldn’t take it & decided to go home. But first, I met Mahesh Bhatt & told him no one would play the part better than me–he was making a mistake. So he told the producers he wouldn’t make the film without me–he saw the vigour with which I wanted to act. That’s how I got my first film. Today I’ve done over 500 films. It’s been a bumpy ride, but everyday, I thank my failures for bringing me this far. I thank all the people who said no to me, all the people who didn’t help me–because if it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have pushed myself to get where I am today…a place where my dreams are now my reality. @officialhumansofbombay

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Isn’t this a potential Bollywood films story? We’re glad Anupam Kher stayed because how else would we get to see all those iconic characters come to life in our favourite films?!

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