Mumbai: From voicing his opinion against remarks on intolerance to criticising filmmakers for ‘award waapsi’, Anupam Kher has projected his views outrightly, and the actors says he is aware that somewhere they have upset people from Bollywood.
Last year, Kher had shown disapproval with stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir, who had voiced their ‘concern’ over growing intolerance, and followed it by leading a ‘tolerance’ march in the national capital. The actor, who regularly takes on trolls on Twitter and expresses his opinion about various social and political issues, feels it is important that he stays true to himself, without thinking what others will say.
“We are in an industry, which is need based. If you need me tomorrow, whatever I’ll say it won’t matter to you. Because you need me. If you don’t, then also whatever I say won’t matter.
“I’ve been through that phase. I’ve discovered it is important to be myself. I am sure I have upset people with my opinions and there are people who are not very happy. But that’s alright,” Kher said.
The 61-year-old actor insists that “acting is a part of my life, not my life” and hence as a citizen of the country, he will have opinions and will never hesitate to voice them. Quiz him if it ever bothers that the industry may shun him over his remarks, the veteran says “it does” but chooses to tell the “truth” anyway.
“People like to be popular with everybody, but it’s important to be popular with myself first. I don’t like people getting upset, but the truth is more important than not upsetting people.
“That’s the way I’ve been brought up. My grandfather, father told me that truth is much more important than being popular with certain people. Even if you’re popular with certain people, what do you get out of it?”
Kher believes he cannot please the whole world and people who are close to him will remain so, irrespective of what he says.
Among the recent filmmakers who Kher has been close to, is director Neeraj Pandey. The actor has worked with Pandey since his directorial debut “A Wednesday” and is currently geared up for the latest, “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”.