Anupam Kher isn't seen doing too many films these days. Having been in the industry for 35 years now, the actor feels he is happy doing fewer films. Kher these days is more occupied planning for the second season of his chat show, Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Sai, which goes on air today on Colors, touring with his new play Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha and conducting workshops at his acting school. The actor, who was in town recently, spoke to HT City on his new show, films, his new play and more.
Why are you seen in so few films these days?
(Smiles) In fact, I will be seen in even fewer films. How many films have I done in the last couple of years? Very few. But I have done more than 400 films in the last 35 years. I feel that's a bit too much. I don't see any point doing the same old roles. I can't do that. It's not only tiring but also boring. There are so many other things that I am associated with. I have an acting school, I am doing a new play and now the second season of my chat show too will go on air. I am not only occupied with these things but also am enjoying them. These days I only do films which have something new to offer.
So, how do you choose films these days?
It has to appeal to me. If it doesn't appeal to me how will it appeal to the viewers? But then different people believe in different kinds of films. I have done quite a number of films, both good and bad…but then I feel every actor does both good and bad films. But there comes a time when everyone wants to do films that they believe in. When you work in the industry for a long time you make a lot of friends, people who stand by your side during your bad days. It has happened with me too. So, I have tremendous respect for those people and when they come to me I can never refuse their offers. So, it's a mix of things.
The second season of your chat show airs soon. How different is it going to be from the last season?
Not much different except that it will have a new set of guests. (Laughs) I am really excited about the show because the last season was appreciated. The new line-up of the guests is sure to appeal to a lot of people this season. It is not a reality show or game show and the stories and anecdotes the guests share are very inspiring. It's about a lot of positivity.
The show derives its name from your play of the same name.
Yes, the only reason I wanted this name was because the play too talks about positivity. There are so many negative things happening around us and we too discuss those things all the time. But there are also so many positive things happening but we fail to understand, acknowledge and discuss them. There are so many people in this country, who can inspire us. Today, not too many people read biographies and autobiographies in this county. These books are so inspirational. Look at APJ Abdul Kalam. He was sure an inspirational figure but how many have read his autobiography. The objective of this show is to bring these people and share those inspirational stories.
Do you feel it's easier for the guests to open up in front of people like Karan Johar and you instead of journalists?
It definitely becomes easier but I feel there is another reason behind this. There are certainly quite a few guests who know me for years and are more comfortable answering me than answering a journalist. But there are also guests who I don't know that well. People like Priyanka Chopra, who I haven't worked with much or someone like Suresh Raina. I feel it's the trust which matters. It's a very satisfying feeling to see these people showing their faith in me and sharing some very personal stories.
Who are the people you wish to have guests on your show?
There are so many. The ones who will be coming this season are definitely the ones I wanted to chat with. There isn't a dearth of people who can inspire us but I really wish I could have had APJ Abdul Kalam on my show. But that will remain an unfulfilled dream. I also wanted to have Amitabh Bachchan on the show but somehow his dates didn't match. I would also like to have Sachin Tendulkar on the show. His story is again very inspirational.
How about having your wife Kirron Kher on the show?
(Smiles) I would love to. There are many who might feel, 'What would he ask her?' But there are so many things I really want to know about her. It's not that you always know everything about the people you stay with…people who are your family members, because there are not too many times we sit together and have a hearty chat and want to know about their feelings, dreams and so many other things.
Your new play too has generated quite a healthy response.
Yes, I am doing a play after quite some time but I am really overwhelmed with the kind of response it has generated. It is again a play that depicts the positive side of life. It's about two lovers meeting after years. There are so many questions that crop in your mind… "How will the person feel? What will he or she feel if I say this? Will the person think something else?" That's why the play is titled Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha. Rakesh Bedi has come up with a brilliant story and I am so happy doing this play.