Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has completed a milestone of 500 films, has started shooting for his 501st movie. The National School of Drama alumnus was only 28 when he took on the role of a retired middle-class Maharashtrian man who had lost his son, in his debut film Saaransh, directed by Mahesh Bhatt in 1984.
The 61-year-old, who did not share much about the upcoming film, has called his 501st film his first post interval. “Shooting of my 501st film is in full swing. I am calling it my first film post-interval of my career.
So need your wishes for my first film,” Anupam tweeted on Monday night. Anupam has starred in popular films like Tezaab, Ram Lakhan, Chandni, 1942: A Love Story, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and The Mistress of Spices.
A theatre enthusiast and two-time National Award-winning actor, his career has been eventful — with films, plays, TV and an acting teacher. He runs an institute called Actor Prepares.
Earlier, Anupam Kher’s film The Headhunter’s Calling, which features Scottish actor Gerard Butler in a key role, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The film festival will take place from September 8 to 18. Kher, honoured with Padma Bhushan, shared the news on his Twitter handle and even posted a video.
“My film ‘The Headhunter’s Calling’ with Gerard Butler is premiering at Toronto Int Film Festival,” Anupam wrote. In the accompanying video, the actor says: “I came to the city of Mumbai on June 3, 1981, with Rs 37 in my pocket, which is half a dollar and I can say that I have done fairly well.”
“I want to share a great news with you that my film The ‘Headhunter’s Calling’ which also stars Gerard Butler and William Dafoe, has been selected at International film festival in Toronto.”