I de­served more recog­ni­tion for Daddy: Anu­pam Kher

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It marked ac­tor Pooja Bhatt’s act­ing de­but and gave ac­tor Anu­pam Kher his first Na­tional award. Daddy, the 1989 Ma­hesh Bhatt di­rec­to­rial, com­pletes 28 years to­day. Rem­i­nisc­ing those days that are still fresh in his mind, af­ter nearly three decade of its release, Kher says the film is and will cer­tainly re­main one of the 10 best films of his life.

“Hon­estly, I was in the mid­dle of do­ing lots of things at that time, with al­most 3-4 shifts in a day, run­ning from one set to an­other and Bhatt saab came up with this script, which I thought was bril­liant. We shot the film in a record 28 days,” Kher says. Though Kher, then 34 years old, won a Na­tional Film Award (Spe­cial Jury) for the por­trayal of an al­co­holic man in Daddy, he feels he de­served a lot more than that. “I be­lieve that I should have got the Na­tional Award for Best Ac­tor not just the Jury Award. I re­mem­ber I was in my house when I got a call in the night and I was very thrilled,” he says.

I thought and cer­tainly be­lieved that I should have got the Na­tional Award for Best Ac­tor and not just the Jury Award ANU­PAM KHER, AC­TOR

Speak­ing about the rat race for awards that ex­isted even then, he says, “I think it was im­por­tant for me be­cause I had not got it for Saaransh (1984) and be­ing from the school of drama, I’ve al­ways un­der­stood the im­por­tance of a Na­tional Award. When one gives his life to a role, one must ex­pect that he’ll get an award for it, so I was look­ing for­ward to it.”

On what made Daddy a high point, Kher says it was a com­bi­na­tion of a lot of things. “Daddy was an un­con­ven­tional take on a fa­ther-daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship. You can’t have ev­ery per­for­mance as a master­piece. Daddy is a mile­stone.”

Ask him how it was to act with a new­comer Pooja, and Kher says, “I’m very fond of Pooja and I’d met her when she was 3 or 4 years old. She was one of the few first ac­tresses, who were very real in real life and on screen also. She is charm­ing and doesn’t have to try to be so.”

Shar­ing some anec­dotes from the set, Kher re­calls, “The speech at the end and the ghazal song, Aaina Mu­jhse Meri Pehli Si Su­rat Maange, were so mov­ing that Pooja, ac­tu­ally broke down.” Kher feels there was a pain on the face of the char­ac­ters in the film that stayed with the au­di­ence. “You can’t do that in ev­ery film. That’s why these are called land­mark films,” he says.

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