Anupam Kher could well be the unofficial principal of the Zee Cinestars show considering the contestants are being groomed at his acting school.
Kher, who terms the popular perception that 'actors are born' as a myth "limited to Bollywood alone" is also quite serious to not fall into the trap of other TV reality show judges, who he says "end up playing the judge character more than the role assigned to them."
Is there a recipe for the winner?
That actors are born is a myth that exists only in India. They can be trained and are being currently groomed in my acting school.
We are looking at actor material not star material so that a seventh runner-up too stands as good a chance for a break as the winner. I along with my co-judges believe in bringing certain amount of truth and honesty in our appraisals, which will benefit the contestants for a longer time after the contests are over.
Reality show judges often tend to overshadow the contestants..
Most judges on TV today have started developing personalities of their own. They are now playing the character of the judge.
Judging is not about developing drama around judges giving 100 rupee notes to contestants. The focus should be more on the contestants.
What's your tip to the aspiring actors?
Most acting aspirants tend to follow the stars, but anyone who has made it big in the industry today is an original.
I help contestants discover their originality. However, acting aspirants today are much more confident and aware and have got a very good platform in the show, unlike us, when we came with our degrees.
Is there anything the actors have to watch out for?
Exceptions apart, TV has led to an overall deterioration in the standards of acting, where background music and camera angles make up for an actor's lacunae 'That actors are born is a myth'