Anupam Kher is an acting power house. The veteran star has worked in numerous films, both, in Bollywood and Hollywood and proven his mettle as an actor. But that's not all there is to Anupam. With his capabilities, he believes in teaching his craft to other people as well, which is probably why the star runs an acting school along with his professional commitments. Through his school, he has helped train actors such as Varun Dhawan as well as Deepika Padukone amongst many others. In honour of Teacher's Day, the actor recalled one of the moments while he was training the Padmaavat starlet.
He shared, "Deepika was a very successful model before she joined my school. She was good at everything: punctual and would do things with finesse."
Anupam added that he was trying to explain to her that acting was not only about perfection, but the rough edges too. "One day, to break her composure of being a perfectionist, I gave her an exercise in improvisation. I told her, ‘You work as a bai (maid), there is nothing called "perfection" about her.’ She was spick and span about mannerisms, but her character wouldn’t know how to use a fork and a knife. That went on for 45 minute till I felt she had discovered new things. I think she started crying."
While Anupam has made a huge name for himself, not many are aware that he was all set to take up teaching as a profession. However, upon making it to Mumbai he did not find any acting school to work at. He concluded, "When I reached Mumbai, I discovered that the school I knew about was actually just fake - a fraud. I was very disappointed, as there was no building, no teacher, no classroom. I made up my mind then that if I ever become somebody, I would first open an acting school." Anupam then opened his first acting school in a small one room studio in 2005 with only eight students on board.