It was an unusual interview and a tough day indeed for Bollywood actor Anupam Kher in Chandigarh on Thursday.
More than just asking questions, he was seen using all his wit and humour to prevent a controversy as he asked questions from his wife, Bollywood’s quintessential mummy and Chandigarh member of Parliament, Kirron Kher.
The couple was in the city to take part in a session of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII’s) Young Indians, Chandigarh Chapter, at the CII headquarters building.
“I am not a politician. I contested to get Modi ji another seat,” Kirron Kher said, only to be bailed out by Anupam Kher, who said he could visualise tomorrow’s headline that “you contested just for Modi ji”.
“Don’t say like this… probably you wanted to say you are not a conventional politician,” the interviewer corrected his wife. While MP said she never asked for a ticket, Anupam Kher again pitched in saying that for the past 7-8 years his wife was too much into politics.
When Anupam Kher asked his wife that she was so fond of dancing and if she missed it after becoming MP, she, while pointing to Sanjay Tandon, the local BJP chief, said: “yeh mujhe naachne nahi dete (He doesn’t let me dance). Mujhe kehte hain bas muskura ke bolo kaam ho jayega (I am told to talk to people with a smile and the work will be done)”.
The Chandigarh MP said before “serious meetings” she is told to “keep mouth shut and just smile”. “Probably this is what politicians do,” her husband quickly jumped in.
Anupam Kher also asked the MP was it important to be popular, to which the latter replied: “Jaise aapke grandfather kehte the, beegha hua baarish se nahi darti. Mein Chandigarh beeghi hui aaye hui hu,” meaning that one who is drenched in a downpour once is not scared of rain anymore and that she had experienced the ‘rain’ in Chandigarh. “Baras lene do baadlon ko (let it pour),” she said.