Anupam Kher, the ace Bollywood actor, set aside his political leanings for a unique role. The veteran actor is all set to play the role of former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in the movie adaptation of Sanjay Baru’s controversial book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’.Sanjay Baru was the media adviser of Dr.Manmohan Singh.
An award-winning actor and the current chairman of the Film Institute of India(FTII), Anupam Kher considered the role as his ‘toughest role’ ever. The actor revealed that he had to resort to meditation to become more inward looking for the contemplative character of Manmohan Singh. To bring in the underdog demeanor and the element of inscrutability in Dr.singh’s character, lots of expressional improvements had to be made by the actor to effectively portray the unreadability in it.
Kher considered his greatest challenge was to ‘de-humanize’ Dr.Singh and to make the public image into a deeply personal study. With his antithetical stand to the UPA Government and with a primary hesitation towards the role, he thought of dropping it till his professionalism trumped politics. “I’m a trained actor from the National School of Drama. Also, people change their views with their understanding of a situation. On several issues, my views 10 years ago are not the same as they are currently. As an actor you play characters that challenge you, characters you do not judge, characters that you interpret,” said Anupam Kher.
Taking an unjudgmental stance on Dr.Manmohan Singh, Anupam Kher said that Singh took decisions he should not have or at least went along with them. He compared Manmohan Singh to the famous Shakespearean character Hamlet,’a well-intentioned person, not crafty, not bred for politics’.
The film which is directed by Vijay Gutte is slated for release in December.