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Anupam Kher: My criteria for choosing films has changed..

Anupam Kher

By HT

New Delhi, Feb. 7 -- From playing an intense role of a retired man in his debut film Saaransh (1982) when he was just 28, to sending the audience in splits with his umpteen comic roles, seasoned actor Anupam Kher is undoubtedly one of the finest performers of Bollywood.

The 59-year old, however, says that his criteria for selecting films has changed over the years, and more so, recently. "I have done about 488 films but the criteria for choosing my movies has changed in recent years. The audience has changed now. Earlier, they were only dependent on cinema (for entetainment) but now we have malls and so many other things ... so they aren't dependent on just movies. My criteria now is to work with a great director and a good story," says Kher, who was recently seen playing a fun character alongside Akshay Kumar in Neeraj Pandey's thriller, Baby.

"When I was struggling, there were these three years that were the most horrible years of my life. There was no food, no shelter. But when work came to me, for the first time, I signed 52 films in one go. Maine socha, jitna kaam milta hai milne do. Kyuki kaam se hi kaam aata hai. Don't be choosy," he adds.