Feroz Abbas Khan
This is a journey of a man who should have been a failure; one who manipulated his destiny and forced himself to become a success. Never before, in the history of theatre, has the autobiography of an actor been dramatised on stage, especially when he is still practising his craft.
Anupam Kher, with over 300 feature films to boast, is perhaps the most versatile and prolific actor Indian Cinema has ever seen. In recent times, all the biggest blockbusters bear his name in the credits. e.g. Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaiyenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Kya Kehna, and now, Bend It Like Beckham. Some dub him as a lucky charm.
At the zenith of his career and crossroads of his life, he pauses to reflect and share his pain, joy, tears and laughter, and Anupams struggle seems like a shaky Hindi film finding some coherence by the sheer determination of the protagonist and interesting twists and turns that life provides in fits of passion.
The play will be staged as a full production with Anupam narrating and dramatising the important events in his life, e.g. first romantic encounter, failure at Gandhi audition, casting in Saaraansh, awards, personal relationships etc.
Although the play will tell the story of a small town man making it big in the Hindi Film Industry, the audience will identify with him and find snippets of their lives being played on stage.
This is a play that celebrates life and reaches out to all, with honesty and rare candour.