By IndiaFM News Bureau
Anupam Kher is one of the most versatile actors of Hindi Cinema.
This man has always tried out new roles and now, he is all set to
appear in a very different character in Sajid Nadiadwala’s forthcoming
film Jaan-E-Mann. He plays a dwarf, which has been one of the most
challenging roles he has played. Anupam Kher speaks to IndiaFM about
his role about his forthcoming film Jaan-E-Mann.
Jaan-E-Mann looks rich and appealing
Jaan-E-Mann is a love story. But what makes it unique and unusual is
its interpretation by the director. I like the way Shirish has
conceived it. I think for thousands of years the stories have been
similar but it is the director and creative team of the film that
brings a certain amount of freshness. And Shirish brings in a
completely different interpretation in the way he has conceived the
film. It is just great.
You play a dwarf character in the film. Tell us more about your role
in the film.
He is Salman’s friend Boney Singh. It could have been a normal role.
I have played many friends role, mentor’s and philosopher’s role to lot
of leading actors but Shirish wanted the same man to be a dwarf. It
looks easy on a concept level but on an execution level it is the most
difficult and painful thing in the world. If it would have come to me
20 years back then I would have been much more agile. But then the USP
of the character is that he is a dwarf yet he doesn’t work in a circus.
Dwarf people can also do the normal job as he is lawyer by profession
and that made it unusual. So, I play a dwarf named Boney Singh, who is
a friend of Salman Khan and he plays a very important role in the first
half of the film.
What interested you to play this character?
What interested me is the fact the he is a dwarf and from the last
70 years of Hindi cinema this is for the first time that any actor
played a dwarf. While in Tamil cinema Mr. Kamal Hasan has done it, he
played a circus joker. But this person is not a joker. Instead, he is a
normal person except that he is a dwarf. So, I wanted to be the first
actor in history of Hindi cinema to play a dwarf.
As you said, it would have been more agile if you would have done it
20 years before. It seems this character is physically taxing for
It was very painful. When you have to be on your knees all the time,
do dances standing on knees, sometimes even tying the legs to keep your
balance is not so easy; you have to be a gymnast. But sometimes but you
have to act out such characters as well. I am not over playing my
commitment to the character or to cinema. It was surely difficult I
can’t deny that but the result is fascinating.
Did you undergo any preparations for it?
Of course you can’t play the dwarf without preparation. First of
all, if you are reduced to half your size, your whole gestures become
small. You can reduce your height by bending on your knees and tying
shoes on your knees but you can’t cut your hands. You don’t have to
work only on your look but also a dwarf man’s psyche. You have to
understand how he thinks, how he reacts and how he behaves. It has to
work on both these levels. I am a serious actor, I take acting
seriously. I have an acting school and I feel my students should be
inspired by their teacher or their principal. They should feel that
their mentor is an actor who they can look up to. That is why it is
important that my choice of characters or roles should be good. That’s
the reason why I have tried out different types of roles. Whether it is
a Khosla Ka Ghosla a film like Jaan-E-Mann or Vivaah or Apna Sapna
Money Money, I have played various characters and then on the top of
all is Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara. So, you have to reinvent yourself as
a person, as a director and as an actor.
Jaan-E-Mann is Shirish’s first film as director, so how was the
experience of working with him?
Jaan-E-Mann is what it is because of the director. Of course Sajid
Nadiadwala played an important role to make his dream come true and let
Shirish execute the film the way he wanted to. But surely, Shirish’s
interpretation of the film and the characters is very unique. He
doesn’t talk much but whatever he wants to show he shows in his work.
Whether it is the interpretation of the role or the songs or the way he
has put this story together for the audiences. It surely is the genre
of Hindi commercial film but the way he had executed it is completely
different and I am very happy and proud to be part of this project.
What about your other co-stars?
Well I have worked with Salman, Preity and Akshay in many films
before. They are joy to work with. I have more scenes with Salman. He
is a dear co-actor to work with. He has a good sense of humor. He has a
casual but concrete approach towards his work and towards his
characters. Same goes with Akshay. I have no scenes with Preity in this
film. I had scenes only with Salman and Akshay. During the scenes, all
of us were relaxed and enjoyed because unless all of us are relaxed on
screen, audience won’t enjoy our performance.
How is your association with Sajid Nadiadwala?
I earlier did Sajid’s films like Waqt Humara Hai and Judwaa and now
I am doing this film with him. Sajid is a very fine producer a very
magnanimous producer too. He has a great sense of humor. He was very
much involved with the script and execution work as well. It is a joy
to have a producer like him.
Tell us something about the music of this film
I love its music. Of course my favorite song is ‘Jaane ke Jaane Naa’
I love that song and I am dancing in that song with my legs tied. I
think children are going to relate to my character because I have done
TV shows with children and they like me. So, this will be something
different for them. It’s my tribute to children that come and enjoy
Anupam uncle this way. Coming back to the music, the love song ‘Humko
Maalum Hai’ is also very beautiful. In fact, all the songs are very
good. I think the soundtrack of the film is really fascinating and I
must again say that Anu is a great composer but Shirish has also made a
lot of contribution. Sudeep Chaterjee’s cinematography is also good. I
think every aspect of this film is good, I haven’t seen the complete
film as an end product but I have seen all this in a dubbing
What is the USP of this film?
I think it’s one of the finest films of this year. It’s
entertaining, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it has
fantastic performances. It has a great music. It has a dwarf and it has
lavishness. It has joy and it has everything that viewers want in a
film. Besides, it is larger than life.
What is your expectation from this film?
I think it will be a super hit.
You are one of the most versatile actors of Hindi cinema and have
played a wide range of roles over the years. Is there any specific
character that you have not played and would like to play in future?
If you ask this question to me even when I’m 90, I will say there
are hundred more character I could’ve have done. There is no full stop
for an actor, he is always hungry. Besides, I feel I am very lucky. God
has been kind to me that I have been able to get the roles that I