Anupam Kher says he’s ready to return to directing’

Beloved Indian actor Anupam Kher (“The Silver Linings Playbook,” “New Amsterdam”) has had a massive 2022 show on screen. This year’s credits include three hit Hindi films – ‘The Kashmir Files’, ‘Karthikeya 2’ and ‘Unchai’ – but the now familiar face says he’s ready to get back behind the camera.

Talking to diverse On the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Kher said, “I would like to direct. After a long time, a story came to me. My niece is autistic and I have a story about my grandfather and his autistic granddaughter who live together. I have a rough structure already. Once the script is written, I might start by the end of this year or next year.”

The move comes twenty years after his feature debut, 2002’s “Om Jai Jagadish”.

Before that, he will conclude this year with the release of the Tamil horror film “Connect” (December 2022), in which Kher plays a priest who performs exorcisms via Zoom.

He is also on board to begin filming Calorie by Canadian director Isha Margara, which he was on the co-production market at Film Bazaar in 2016. Produced by Joe Balass of Compass Productions and Filmoption International, it is a cross-generational story of three women whose past lives collide. During an emotional summer trip to India. “It’s a very good script. Unfortunately, it got delayed, but I’ll pick it up. It will be shot in Canada and India,” Kher said.

Due to personal reasons, Kher had to terminate his contract on the NBC medical series ‘New Amsterdam’. But it’s full of projects in India. Besides ‘Connect’, he produced and acted in Gajendra Ahire’s ‘Signature’, which he recently tweeted is his 525th film.

Kher will also appear in Sankalp Reddy’s ‘IB71’, Satish Kaushik’s ‘Kaagaz 2’, Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Emergency’ and Neeraj Pandey’s web series.

“According to me, I’m doing the best I can right now,” said the 67-year-old. “I am very proud of the films (“Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Hum Aapke Hain Koun?”) that you have presented, which are also representative of Indian cinema. But the success of “Kashmir Files”, “Karthikeya 2” and “ Uunchai’s post-pandemic proves that audiences want something completely different. diverse.

Asked how it feels to be described as a ‘veteran’ or a ‘playboy’, Kher said, “I hate it. It’s their way of saying you’ve done enough. But I know my capabilities now. Earlier you have more to prove. Now, I make my job difficult. Just “When you make your work difficult, you can look at the role from different perspectives. I’ve found that efficiency is the biggest enemy of intelligence. When you do a lot of work you feel like you know everything, and that’s a dangerous situation.”

Kher gave a keynote speaker on ‘Performance on Screen and Stage’ at IFFI 2022.



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