Anupam Kher made his only film as a director in 2002, titled Om Jai Jagdish, which starred Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan and Abhishek Bachchan as the three leads. With them were Mahima Chaudhary, Urmila Matondkar and Tara Sharma. Before the original casting, Kher wanted to cast Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan Khan and Salman Khan in his film and here’s why it didn’t happen.
All three declined the role due to date issues, and as DNA reports, he also wanted to bring in Preity Zinta, Kajol and Rani Mukerji as three lead actresses. But destiny had other plans.
Anupam Kher started his journey at the age of 29 playing a retired common man over 60 years old in mentor Mahesh Bhatt’s painful film. Saransh. Till 2023, he has been hailed as the highest grossing actor of the year 2022, has successfully directed over 500 films, written two very inspiring books, hosted a chat show on inner personalities and hidden struggles actors and filmmakers, and is I’m already doing a new show called There are more floors.
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In an exclusive interview with Firstpost, while reflecting on his journey, Kher revealed last year, “You keep exploring your horizons as an actor while making your job challenging. I am not one of those who will be satisfied with everything he has accomplished. It’s not greed but trying to see what you are capable of. It’s not until you reach your sixties that you discover the kind of person you are. I like the way I have managed my life. I also don’t let others decide what my limits are. I think human capabilities are limitless. You can achieve anything if you don’t fear failure. It is the fear of failure that prevents us from finding our abilities. At best, things won’t go the way you want, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of having done your best.
Some of Kher’s best works can be found in films like Papa, Saaransh, Karma, Tezaab, Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara, Khosla Ka Ghonsla, A Wednesday, MS Dhoni – The Untold StoryAnd Arjun.