I don’t take crit­i­cism to heart, says Anu­pam Kher

The Hitavada - - NATION - ■ By Sub­hash K. Jha

AC­TOR Anu­pam Kher says he couldn’t care less about ad­verse re­views to his lat­est film “The Ac­ci­den­tal Prime Min­is­ter”, based on for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh’s life.

“No mat­ter what you do, there will be peo­ple try­ing to pull you down. Crit­i­cism was al­ways a favourite na­tional pas­time. Now film crit­i­cism has also be­come a big source of self-en­ter­tain­ment for Indians. I don’t take crit­i­cism or the film crit­i­cism to heart. Fi­nally, it is just one man or woman’s opin­ion. And I’ve seen enough glow­ing and glow­er­ing re­views in my ca­reer to take both in my stride,” Anu­pam said be­fore leav­ing for a three­month trip abroad.

What has sur­prised Anu­pam quite a bit is the scathing crit­i­cism lev­elled at his por­trayal of Man­mo­han Singh.

“It seems some crit­ics have a much larger po­lit­i­cal agenda than what I am sup­posed to have. The com­ments are un­called for and ir­rel­e­vant. I wanted to por­tray Dr. Man­mo­han Singh with the dig­nity and grace that he de­serves. And I think I’ve suc­ceeded in that. Grant me at least that bit of ex­pe­ri­ence and wis­dom as ac­tor,” he said.

He will be in the US for the next three months to shoot a new sea­son of the se­ries “New Am­s­ter­dam”. “I play one of the leads, an In­dian doc­tor named Vi­jay Kapoor. It is one of the most pop­u­lar se­ri­als played across the world. I am set­ting aside my next 3 months fully to the se­ries, with no other di­gres­sions,” said the vet­eran ac­tor.

Anu­pam’s clos­ing thoughts on the re­views of “The Ac­ci­den­tal Prime Min­is­ter”.

“We set out to tell story of an un­sung hero, a politi­cian who was far less po­lit­i­cal than job re­quired him to be”.

The film is based on a book writ­ten by Dr. Singh’s po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sor. But it is not a biopic on Dr. Singh. It de­picts 10 cru­cial years in the life of In­dia’s pol­i­tics. You may not think much of the film. But do not be­lit­tle the in­tel­li­gence of the coun­try’s movie go­ing au­di­ence.”

The film minted Rs 4.5 crore on its open­ing day on Fri­day and on Satur­day it minted it Rs 5.45 crore.

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