Why Anupam Kher Wants to Show his Manmohan Singh Biopic to Hollywood Superstar Robert Di Niro

Why Anupam Kher Wants to Show his Manmohan Singh Biopic to Hollywood Superstar Robert Di Niro

Anupam Kher says playing former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister has been his biggest challenge
Why Anupam Kher Wants to Show his Manmohan Singh Biopic to Hollywood Superstar Robert Di Niro

Anupam Kher’s greatest  challenge as an actor  is  now upon him as he plays former prime minister Manmohan Singh in The  Accidental Prime Minister. The shooting which was recently concluded in  London had Anupam placed in a precarious dilemma. “It is easy  to  play a personality who is someone long gone, no matter how distinguished. With due respects  to  Ben Kingsley who was simply outstanding, he played Mahatma Gandhi long after when the original character’s physicality was  a hazy memory on blurred  bank notes and vague documentaries. On the  other hand  I had  to play someone who is very much in the public domain. Manmohan Singhji’s  walk, his personality, his  style of speaking are all in the  public consciousness. I  couldn’t afford  to slip up . I’d have ended up being caricaturish.”

Anupam thinks  Manmohan Singh is one of his best-played characters. “I’ve  given it my entire concentration. We have worked hard to make  a big  epic homage to a man, scholar and  politician who is  misunderstood or rather hardly understood.”

Anupam  gears  for a  big release  of  The Accidental Prime  Minister.  “We are not looking at  the bio-pic on Manmohan Singhji as a  small  film. We are making  every effort to give the  film the epic look that the  man deserves.” One  of  the  first friends to whom Anupam would  like to show The Accidental Prime Minister is Robert de Niro. Apparently de Niro has shown a keen interest  in Anupam’s biopic.

The two share an unlikely kinship .On 7 March this year De Niro threw an impromptu birthday party  for Anupam in New York.

Anupam is reluctant to speak about his friendship with the legendary actor. “It (the  birthday celebration) was  just something that he did on the  spur of the moment.  It was sweet gesture and one that  I deeply  appreciate.”

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