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33 Years of Saaransh: Anupam Kher gets nostalgic, shares throwback photos

Actor Anupam Kher played the role of a retired school teacher in his first film, Saaransh (2984), when he was just 28-year-old.

bollywood Updated: May 26, 2017 15:21 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Anupam Kher,Saaransh,Mahesh Bhatt
Actor Anupam Kher made his debut with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s Saaransh. The duo have worked in several films, since.

Anupam Kher made his Bollywood debut with the 1984 film Saaransh, which was helmed by ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. The film completed 33 years on May 25. Soon after #33yearsofSaaransh trended on Twitter, fans and colleagues from the film industry congratulated Kher on his incredible journey. And the 62-year-old actor tweeted: “#33YearsOfSaaransh has trended in my life every single day.” He also posted a few pictures.

The classic film narrates the story of a retired school teacher (played by Anupam Kher) and his wife (portrayed by Rohini Hattangadi), who finds it impossible to come to terms with the loss of their only son. Celebrating its 33rd anniversary, Kher took to twitter and posted some throwback pictures with messages that are straight from his heart.

Actors Anupam Kher and Rohini Hattangadi in a still from the 1984 film Saaransh.

He first shared stills from the film and mentioned how life has come a long way from his first film.

Interestingly, Kher was 28-year-old when he played the role of a 60-year-old in the film. Indeed, it must have been a challenge for him to portray a character almost thrice his actual age. However, the actor pulled it off with conviction, and received praise and critical acclaim.

In a series of tweets, Anupam Kher thanked his first director and a very good friend, Mahesh Bhatt, along with everyone who contributed to his success and journey in films.

Bhatt, who is known for his filmmaking acumen, replied to Kher with a rather deep thought. “Truth is timeless ! 33 yrs ago u came to my door like a student and became a legend. Pain was our greatest teacher,” Bhatt wrote.

After Saaransh, Bhatt worked with Kher in several other films such as Kabzaa (1988), Daddy (1991), Dil Hai Ki manta Nahin (1991), Gumrah (1993), Papa Kehte Hain (1996) to name a few. Saaransh also stars actors such as Madan Jain, Nilu Phule, Suhas Bhalekar and Soni Razdan (Mahesh Bhatt’s wife).

Besides Mahesh Bhatt, many from the industry, such as filmmkaer Madhur Bhandarkar, Censor Board member Ashoke Pandit, congratulated Kher.

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First Published: May 26, 2017 15:19 IST