New Delhi, May 6 -- Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who has more than 400 films to his credit, does not agree that the upsurge of character actors in the Hindi film industry is a recent one.
The 60-year-old, who has done a variety of character specific roles, argues that character actors are not insecure to seek any sort of recognition. "Character actors have been there even before me.
Actors like Balraj Sahni sahab, who was a fantastic actor, delivered such stellar performances," he says, further adding, "The film industry has always had good character actors. Naseeruddin (Shah), Om (Puri) and Paresh (Rawal) are all some of the finest actors that this industry has produced. It's just that they don't like to talk about it too much in the media. A Wednesday, which released in 2008, saw me doing a character driven role that was much appreciated. The point is that we are not insecure actors. I have done enough work to know that by now.
So, to say that this is a recent trend, would be a bit wrong." Kher further adds that although character actors might not get their due in the media, their names will be remembered forever.
"Even in the West, you look at stars like Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Were they ever part of a film that boasted about the huge amount it earned in the boxoffice? Character actors are never worried about that. They might not be involved in '100 crore clubs, but it is their names that will be remembered in the history books," he says.