'I don't mind if my Dhoka role offended some'

WHEN AN actor prepares for a role he doesn't think of the outcome. When Anupam Kher took on the role of a Kashmiri Muslim in Dhoka people of his clan of Kashmiri Brahmins objected strongly.

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Published: Mon 3 Sep 2007, 11:13 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:45 AM

anu"Yes, I'm a Kashmiri Pandit in real life. But in Dhoka I play a Kashmiri Muslim who's a victim of the establishment. It's a role that required me to look at the tragedy of fundamentalism and extremism from the other side. And I don't mind if it offends some people. I'm an actor hungry for experience. I'm ready to play anything from a killer to a comedian to a corpse ('Buddha Mar Gaya')."

In fact, it has been a bumper week for Anupam with two back-to-back releases —Dhoka and Victoria 203. He is doing Ashok Kumar's role in a remake of the 1973 hit Victoria 203.

"And look at the contrast in the two parts on the same Friday. Dhoka is a stark serious look at extremism. I play a traumatised father of a woman accused of being a human bomb. In Victoria 203 I'm this aging guy with a roving eye, an incorrigible skirt chaser," said Anupam.

"Some people might object to an actor of my stature playing such a lech, just as some people objected to a Kashmiri Brahmin playing a Muslim. But acting gives me the freedom to explore avenues galore. I can move from one extreme to another. I was the victimised father in Mahesh Bhatt's 'Saraansh'. I'm a victimised father in Dhoka today."

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