Noted actor Anupam Kher is back in his hilly hometown, Shimla. He says that it is payback time and that he will do that by grooming aspiring actors and organising a theatre fest here.
He started a three-week long session Monday at the Gaiety Theatre in the town. “Shimla has given me a lot and now it is time to payback by bringing out hidden talents in aspiring actors. I will share whatever I have learned about acting,” said Anupam.
For him, the actors are not born but made. “Formal training and a right platform are must for one to grow,” he added. He hoped that the aspiring actors would popularise Shimla like him. The actor, who has a deep emotional bond with the Queen of Hills where he spent his formative years, is trying to hold an international-level theatre fest in the town.
“Next year we are aiming to hold Edinburgh International Festival in the Gaiety, which is an annual event in Scotland,” he said. The Gaiety Dramatic Society (GDS), which manages the theatre, has roped in Anupam’s acting school, Actor Prepares. “The workshop is dedicated to my esteemed father (Pushkar Nath Kher) who had a great love for this hill town,” he said.