HOTEL MUMBAI Q&A with Anupam Kher
515 films in the last 35 years.
Renowned actor Anupam Kher is best known for his work in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, M.S. DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and THE BIG SICK; the “excellent, white-knuckle thriller” (Guardian) HOTEL MUMBAI is sure to be added to that list of his most memorable roles.
When Kher arrived in Mumbai with dreams of becoming an actor, the first thing he wanted to see was the Taj Hotel. Years later, on November 26, 2008, the hotel was attacked while he was filming just 8 kilometers away. Now, he plays Chef Oberoi in HOTEL MUMBAI, and has a true, personal appreciation for the film, specifically as it is a tribute to the hotel staff whose fearlessness and dedication was so incredibly heroic in getting through this unspeakable tragedy. “Heroes are ordinary people,” says Kher; “the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
Here, Kher describes the real Chef Oberoi’s reaction after seeing the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival:
Kher was actually recommended for the role of Chef Oberoi by fellow actor Dev Patel, who plays Arjun in the film. “Dev Patel has very good taste,” says Kher. Here, he describes his “love at first sight” relationship with Patel:
About the film:
HOTEL MUMBAI tells the astonishing true story of the victims and survivors of the devastating attacks on Mumbai in 2008. A story which fearlessly tackles the defining global issues of our time. A story about ordinary people. Real people. People of all races, all colours, all creeds, binding together in a grueling fight for survival. A story that celebrates humanity’s highest ideals – compassion, courage, resilience and an unwavering desire to live.
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