By Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
We've had actors starting acting schools. And Anupam Kher has done so with his nation-wide acting schools Actor Prepares.
Now Anupam is all set to start personality-fulfillment schools not only in India but across the world. These schools to be branded Change Within will show students of every age a means to self-realization.
Explains Anupam, "My Change Within classes won't be for actors, although acting would be a part of the course. Neither is it an 'Art of Living' course. I'd describe it as a 'Power of Living" course. My schools would show the common man why he needn't be afraid to show his real emotions. When I was a struggler in Mumbai I was told not to eat with loud chomps or laugh too loudly although I enjoyed doing both. I'd rush to the beach every morning and laugh as hard as I could. Why is an unbridled emotional expression considered down-market? More importantly why are we so insecure about our level of achievements? The ad slogan 'Bhala uski shirt meri shirt se zyada safed kyon?' has become a mantra for modern living. There was a time when I was getting Filmfare awards every year. Then they stopped, even the nomination. I battled with my competitive insecurities until this seeming snub ceased to matter. My autobiographical play Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai helped me to overcome my aspirational insecurities. I want the Change Within courses to show how an individual can be secure content and at peace within his or her space."
Anupam is in deep discussions with therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and astrologers who will form a part of his core group. "The first branches of Change Within would open in Mumbai and Delhi in the next six months. Thereafter I want to take it to other cities all over the world. Mine won't be a finishing school; it will be a 'starting' school"