Anupam Kher entered Bollywood at a time in the 1980s when Anil Kapoor, Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dutt were ruling the industry. Many of them established themselves as style icons but Anupam was experiencing a hair fall problem. He recently said that his conviction made him flaunt his bald look. In a recent interview with IANS, Anupam Kher opened up about being bald, his conviction, his story and more. The veteran actor spoke up about his forthcoming film, his retirement plans and how he struggles in the industry.
"When you have nothing, and everything is going against you, you are left with your conviction. That is my story. When I came into the industry, I had struggled so much. Around that time, my hair started falling unevenly so that became another problem but I am always driven by conviction. Today, bald is sexy,” he said when recalling his story.
"I remember my manager back then, Ashok Panjabi, suggested me to go for hair treatment and wear wigs. I was like, no way, this is how I look. This is real to me. If I come out in public wearing wigs, the person next to me will understand that my hair is false and I have to pretend that I have so much hair…but why should I pretend in real life? I am an actor," the actor recalled, who made his debut with the film Saaransh in 1984.
He went on to add that, "I thought if I can become an actor, I will do more films for the longest time than a so-called ‘hero' or superstar because that stardom comes with a shelf life. Now when I look back, I think those actors have more number of hair and I have a good number of films," he said jokingly. "Okay, I am joking…but isn't it true?” he questioned.
Anupam Kher rose to prominence in the industry with his hit films including Daddy, Lamhe, 1942: A Love Story, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara. He has also worked internationally in films such as Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Anupam, in his rather in depth interview, also spoke on the importance of getting the right opportunity at the right time. "It is true that getting the right opportunity at the right time is very important to flourish, to get success but I also believe that it is up to an individual on what he does with life," he said.
Speaking on his time in Hollywood he said, “When I do films in Hollywood, I give an audition. This is the process and a very logical process for me to follow. I have no ego about it because I do not take myself seriously. So when people call me a veteran, and give me lifetime achievement awards, I wonder if they are indicating that I should retire as an actor…trust me, I won't do that because I am a student," added the 64-year-old.
The veteran actor is all set to hit the screen in his upcoming film, One Day: Justice Delivered, which is slated for release on July 5.