From getting his breakthrough film Saaransh through the production house Rajshri Productions to his ongoing association with them, veteran actor Anupam Kher opens up about what the film studio has meant to him over the last few decades.
Last Updated: 01.31 PM, Nov 14, 2022
It was 1984, when the film Saaransh was released, which subsequently changed the career of two actors: film director Mahesh Bhat and then-newcomer Anupam Kher. There has been no looking back for both of them since as they shone bright as creative people and have thus achieved many milestones in Indian cinema. One of the common threads between them, however, was a man named Rajkumar Barjatya: considered the visionary of one of the most prominent production houses in the country, Rajshri Productions.
As the makers completed 75 years in business, and this time they are celebrating their milestone with the latest release Uunchai, which also stars Anupam Kher.
In a free-flowing conversation with OTTplay, the National award-winning actor shares his most-prized possession in the Rajshri family.
Sharing one such anecdote, Anupam Kher told OTTplay,"This is a very special room I am sitting here and giving interviews to the media as our film releases. It is my good fortune that I am talking about my 520th film, sitting in the room where I met Rajkumar Barjatya for the first time and actually I am sitting on his chair. It is their generosity that at this Rajshri Productions office, they have given me this cabin and put my name on the door outside. This is such special treatment they have given me. However, I think it is not my credit but only their big-hearted gesture. I believe that this is the ultimate Uunchai that I have achieved (sic)."
He went on to add, "Perhaps that is the reason why anyone, not just me who has worked with Rajshri Productions for four films, but I say anyone would do anything for Sooraj Barjatya. Sooraj ji is one of those directors who would try out something by himself first, put himself at the risk first, before telling the actor to do so (sic)."
Earlier, the actor has worked with the production house in films such as Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Vivah and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
The latest film Uunchai, directed by Sooraj Barjatya, also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani, Neena Gupta, Sarika, Parineeti Chopra, along with Anupam Kher and is now running in the theatres.