Anupam and Kirron Kher’s son Sikander Kher, started his career with offbeat films like Sohail Tatari’s Summer 2007 (2008) based on farmer suicides and Hansal Mehta’s Woodstock Villa (2008) with Arbaaz Khan. While the film’s got critical acclaim, they failed to get box-office numbers and Kher’s career didn’t take off too well.
"Despite being good movies, when they didn’t do well, it was disappointing. I had to move on. I didn’t take up anything for a year and a half after that. I got my act together, spent time introspecting and watching movies. Failure is important for growth. You can either grow after it or spiral downwards into depression. I chose to look at life positively," says Kher who will be seen in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey next.
How did he land that role? "Abhishek (Bachchan) suggested my name to Ashutosh sir. I will be always grateful to Abhi for planting the seed in his head to think of me for that role," reveals Kher who celebrated his 29th birthday last weekend. "In the cut-throat world of films that we are in, it’s a lot to do for someone," says Kher who grew up with Bachchan Jr.
"We hung out a lot together, went on drives, played cricket with squash balls. As an elder brother, Abhi ragged me a lot, but always out of love. I am his real-life Nirmal Sen for sure," says Kher who plays revolutionary Nirmal Sen in Gowariker’s film based on the 1930 Chittagong uprising. Nirmal Sen was Surjya Sen’s strong aide and closest friend in the struggle.
"My character in the film is intense. He doesn’t talk much and has gone to jail many times during the struggle. He is sturdy and strong and is like a shadow to Surjya all the time," says Kher.
Kher who credits his comeback to Bachchan, will once again be seen with him in Abbas-Mastan remake of the Italian Job called Players. “The film is about a bunch of people involved in the heist. It will be full of stunts and twists in the plot. I am playing one of the specialists,” says Kher who leaves for Goa on December 13 to shoot for the film.