Haven’t charged a single paisa for 24: Anupam Kher

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Sep 24, 2013 11:42 IST
  • Anil Kapoor, Rahul Khanna

    Anil Kapoor with Rahul Khanna in a still from TV series 24.

  • Abhinay Deo, Anil Kapoor, Neil Bhoopalam

    Abhinay Deo with Anil Kapoor and Neil Bhoopalam on the sets of upcoming TV series 24. (Photos: Sanjay Solanki)

  • Shabana Azmi

    Shabana Azmi in a still from TV series 24.

  • Anupam Kher

    Anupam Kher in a still from TV series 24.

  • Tisca Chopra

    Tisca Chopra in a still from TV series 24.

  • Anil Kapoor, Mandira Bedi

    Anil Kapoor with Mandira Bedi on the sets of TV series 24.

  • Anil Kapoor

    Anil Kapoor is shooting for his upcoming TV series 24. (Photos: Sanjay Solanki)

  • 24

    The Anti-Terrorist Unit office on the sets of 24. (Photos: Sanjay Solanki)

  • Neil Bhoopalam, Anita Raaj

    Neil Bhoopalam and Anita Raaj in a still from TV series 24.

Anything for Anil Kapoor; he’s a good and dear friend,” says Anupam Kher. The actor, who claims to be a fan of the international hit TV show 24, will soon be seen in a cameo in the Indian adaptation of the series. And he says he did not charge any money for it either.

Anupam says, “I haven’t charged a single paisa, but  I used to eat at Anil’s house almost every day. That became the form of payment. I play the role of a RAW agent called Wasim and I will be seen in only two episodes. It is an interesting part, and is integral to the story.”

Having worked in international films, Anupam feels that this show will usher in the trend of great production value on TV. “It’s time that the small screen moves to the next level. And this show will be the first big step towards that. I have done a lot of television before, and I would love to do more. TV doesn’t make my stature small. An actor can be small, not the medium,” he says.

Anupam, who had turned director years ago with Om Jai Jagdish (2002), isn’t think about helming any more films. “I run an acting school and want to participate in it actively as a teacher. I have done 480 films to date, and I want to do roles that are unusual. I don’t want to work for the sake of it.” The actor has signed a few films which will be announced soon. 

He also plans to produce movies. “By the end of the year, there will be an announcement as things are being worked out,” he says.

 

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