"Playing blind man in "Chhodo Kal..." was challenging"
By Bohni Bandyopadhyay
It was his idea to turn his philosophical character blind in "Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein" and Anupam Kher says he did so to challenge himself as an actor. The 57-year-old actor, who stars alongside Sachin Khedekar in the film about a man who is stagnated in his life and is shown the way to live by a visually impaired man, says he suggested the change in his role a minute before filming began.
"I suggested to the director that my role be turned into that of a blind man just one minute before we started shooting. I wanted to challenge myself as an actor. I felt that the man has a lot to say but I did not want it to look preachy. It's a blind man talking about vision," Anupam told PTI.
The actor said that the change in his character made the film more exciting to him and also made the film's message more profound. "We are not showing him as a fakir, he is a modern man, so beyond a certain point it would have been very boring with this man continously talking about life and how it should be.
"The thought of him being blind turned the film upside down but it made the film's message deeper. I thought something which doesn't excite me will not excite the audience. Playing him as a blind man was very exciting for me," said Anupam. PTI