New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The social network has become the perfect platform for stars to connect with their fans. However, veteran actor Anupam Kher believes that celebrities have their own personal life behind social media and they shouldn’t be disturbed in it.
“Today you cannot stay away from social media…people can judge you by your Twitter, Facebook and various social media accounts. But behind that, celebrities off screen lives are as personal as anybody else. So they should not be disturbed there,” Anupam, who is heading back to television with the second season of talk show “The Anupam Kher Show – Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai”, told IANS.
The 60-year-old has interviewed stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Kangana Ranaut, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Mahesh Bhatt in the previous season of the show. He says that celebrities are very comfortable sharing their personal lives with him.
“Celebrities know me for the last 30 years. I’m genuinely interested in their lives. That’s why celebrities are very comfortable in sharing their personal life with me as they know I’ll not ask them any question which will make them uncomfortable,” Anupam said.
“I’m not only a chat show host in ‘Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai’, I’m also their friend. I’m also sometimes an unqualified psychiatrist. Just like the audience, I’m also keen to know what makes these celebrities stronger and passionate about their work because I personally have gone through that state,” he added.
Asked what all viewers can expect this time from the show, he said: “It’s a better season than the last one. The inspirational stories of the guests are unbelievable. From Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan and Manoj Bajpai to Gulzar sahab and Anil Kapoor, they all have amazing stories to tell of their past. These stories not only entertain you, but also inspire you.
“It’s a show that I can do whole of my life because we have so many people in this country who can become such inspirational tools and what today’s youth and audience need is one show on television, which sort of inspire them and also entertain them.”
Married to actress and BJP MP Kirron Kher, Anupam, who belongs to a non-filmy background, came into limelight with his role in 1984 film “Saaransh” and went on to star in films like “Ram Lakhan”, “Daddy” and “1942: A Love Story”. Amongst his international credits include “Bend It Like Beckham”, “Bride and Prejudice” and “Silver Linings Playbook”.
So what’s the “Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai” moment of his life?
“I’ve plenty of them. If a small town boy from Shimla, whose father used to earn Rs.90 per month can host a host like this than anything can happen. I couldn’t speak English till I reached Mumbai, and today I’ve given lectures at Kellogg School of Management, Oxford University and IIM. I’m happy with my career as many in the world don’t get a chance to do what they want to.”
The second season of “The Anupam Kher Show – Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai”, which will be aired on Colors starting August 2, will also feature celebrities like Kajol, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Rishi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Asha Parekh, Sonu Nigam, Tabu, Manoj Bajpai, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Sania Mirza and Suresh Raina.
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