I don't mind if my 'Dhokha' role offended some: Anupam Kher


By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Sep 2 (IANS) When an actor prepares for a role he doesn't

think of the outcome. When Anupam Kher took on the role of a Kashmiri

Muslim in "Dhokha" people of his clan of Kashmiri Brahmins objected


"Yes, I'm a Kashmiri Pandit in real life. But in 'Dhokha' I play a

Kashmiri Muslim who's a victim of the establishment. It's a role that

required me to look at the tragedy of fundamentalism and extremism from

the other side. And I don't mind if it offends some people. I'm an actor

hungry for experience. I'm ready to play anything from a killer to a

comedian to a corpse ('Buddha Mar Gaya')."

In fact, it has been a bumper week for Anupam with two back-to-back

releases - "Dhokha" and "Victoria 203". He is doing Ashok Kumar's role in

a remake of the 1973 hit "Victoria 203".

"And look at the contrast in the two parts on the same Friday.

'Dhokha' is a stark serious look at extremism. I play a traumatised father of

a woman accused of being a human bomb. In 'Victoria 203' I'm this aging

guy with a roving eye, an incorrigible skirt chaser," Anupam told


"Some people might object to an actor of my stature playing such a

lech, just as some people objected to a Kashmiri Brahmin playing a

Muslim. But acting gives me the freedom to explore avenues galore. I can

move from one extreme to another. I was the victimised father in Mahesh

Bhatt's 'Saraansh'. I'm a victimised father in 'Dhokha' today."

About his skirt chaser's role in "Victoria 203" Anupam says: "I really

enjoyed that role. Om Puri and I had great fun playing the roles originally

done by Ashok Kumar and Pran. But I didn't watch the original. I wanted

to interpret it in my own way. But we retain the innocence of the two small

-towners from the original."

Anupam also put in a guest appearance in last week's "Heyy


"In 'Heyy Babby' I was playing the character of Shah Rukh's dad from

'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'. It was a spoofy homage to one of the

biggest hits of Indian cinema."